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The Warwick Writing Prize & Skyfaring

15 July 2015 | Media

I’m one of the five judges for the 2015 Warwick Prize for Writing and yes, I am a graduate of Warwick University. The panel of judges is chaired by A L Kennedy and include Robert Macfarlane, I recently read his enchanted walking book The Old Ways. It’s not my first ti...

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Lights of Mankind

12 June 2015 | Media

Lights of Mankind – it’s one of those books which you pick up as a remainder and you think ‘why didn’t this get more attention?’ Views from the International Space Station – a few years ago I went down to Baikonur in Kazakhstan to see a tourist go up to the station fo...

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The Bush

The Bush

2 June 2015 | Media

Don Watson is best known for being the speech writer and political adviser to former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. Keating is famously touchy and his book about the Keating years – Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM – led to a m...

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Around the World in 50 Years

Around the World in 50 Years

29 April 2015 | Media

When I got off the plane in Nauru during my travels for Dark Lands I immediately bumped into Albert Podell. There aren’t a lot of reasons to go to Nauru, if you aren’t unlucky enough to be a refugee who has become entangled in Australia’s Pacific Solution and has been...

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Where Song Began

Where Song Began

6 April 2015 | Media

Tim Low’s popular book Where Song Began tells the story of Australia’s big, noisy, aggressive and colourful birds. ‘And how they changed the world’ according to the sub-title. I’m no bird expert or even real bird enthusiast, but they do intrigue me and I do regularly ...

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