Antony Riddell was born in North Adelaide in 1964. His parents met at Channel 7. He was raised in the Mount Lofty ranges, was interested in micro-organisms and obscure history and was a member of the Choir of the Church of the Epiphany. He moved to Sydney in 1984, where he performed in the music groups Sundae School and Nada. In 1985 he fell approximately 13 metres and landed on his brain. Between 1987 and 1989 he attended Sydney College of the Arts. Here he recorded 8 cassettes called The Good Chamber and 2 cassettes with King Carbon and the Enemies of Algebra.
In 1990 he moved to Melbourne. Here he was a prt of a rocknroll organism called Volvox (2 cassettes, 1 compact disk). In 1993-4, he studied physical theatre with I.R.A.A. Theatre under Renato Cuocolo and Cira la Gioia, after studying hatha yoga with a variety of people. In 1996, he studied bio-dynamic agriculture, and a book of his writings, 1990-95, was unleashed. In 1997, he (as Lester Vat) asked WHY AM I A PIE? He also began involvement with the Aura and Body Centre under Dr Vagif Soultanov. The therapy from here was effective and ongoing. In 2000, he participated in the mind theories of Jose Silva (as taught by U.S. visitor JoNell Monaco Lytle). He has consistently maintained a strong awareness of the ridiculousness of things.
BETRAYED BY THE SENSES is his first novel. In it, he attempts to respond to the call made by David J. Tacey (EDGE OF THE SACRED, Harper Collins, Melbourne, 1995) for a white Australian artform that is not a pale imitation of European literature but is genuinely influenced by Australia and its indigenous inhabitants.