Andrew McMillen, national music writer at The Australian newspaper, photographed by Lyndon Mechielsen in June 2021.

Andrew McMillen is an award-winning journalist and author based in Brisbane, Australia.

Since January 2018, he has worked as national music writer at The Australian newspaper.

This website is no longer being updated, and functions as an archive of Andrew’s writing published while working as a freelance journalist.

To read his more recent work, published from 2018 onwards, please visit his author profile at The Australian‘s website, which shows his recent articles (all of which are paywalled).

While working as a freelance journalist from 2009 to 2017, Andrew’s writing was published in The New York TimesThe Weekend Australian MagazineRolling StoneGood WeekendThe Saturday PaperThe MonthlyBuzzFeed and The Best Australian Science Writing 2016.

Andrew won the feature writing category at the Queensland Clarion Awards in 2017, and won the freelance journalism category at the Clarions from 2015–2017. He was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards at the Queensland Literary Awards in 2015 and 2016.

His first book, Talking Smack: Honest Conversations About Drugs, was published by UQP in 2014.

From 2015 to 2017, Andrew hosted Penmanship, a podcast about Australian writing culture that featured in-depth interviews with Australians who earn a living from working with words. Guests included Sarah Ferguson, Chris Masters, Tim Rogers, John Clarke, Trent Dalton and Anne Summers.

Listed below are six examples of Andrew’s feature journalism, written for a range of publications:

From 2012 to 2018, this website was primarily a portfolio of Andrew’s published writing; previously, it was a hub containing dozens of full-length interviews, and a conversation starter for issues relating to the business of freelance writing.

From 2014 to 2017, Andrew published an email newsletter, Dispatches, which offered an insight into his three passions: writing, reading and listening. It’s now defunct, but you can view an archive of the newsletters here.

Find Andrew on: TwitterInstagramLast.FM / YouTube / Goodreads /  Personal email /  Work email

(Publicists: please do not add the above email addresses to your mailing list without asking or introducing yourself first.)

The above photo was taken by the wonderful Brisbane-based photographer Lyndon Mechielsen in June 2021.