In Watsonia, decades of Don Watson’s writing – history and journalism, reflections and fragments – have been gathered together for the first time, providing a snapshot of a writer and of a nation. Rick Morton (My Year Of Living Vulnerably) joins Don to discuss the real radical position in politics, bringing back knighthoods, the republic movement, snakes, mateship and not being a public intellectual, as well as the many speeches, essays, books and words that he’s devoted himself to as part of making sense of the world.

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms. 

Don Watson (Australian)

Don Watson

Over the past 40 years, Don Watson’s essays and reviews on politics, history and culture have appeared in most major Australian journals and newspapers. He is the author of acclaimed bestsellers Recollections of a Bleeding Heart and The Bush, and Quarterly Essay, Enemy Within on the 2016 US Presidential Election. He has twice won The Age Book of the Year and has also received a Walkley Award, the NSW Premier’s Award and the Phillip Hodgins Medal for Australian Literature. His latest book, Watsonia, was published in 2020.

Rick Morton (Australian)

Rick Morton

Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and author of three non-fiction books. My Year Of Living Vulnerably (Fourth Estate, 2021) documents the rediscovery of love after a Complex PTSD diagnosis. His debut memoir, One Hundred Years of Dirt (MUP, 2018), became a national bestseller and was a finalist in multiple awards. He is also the author of On Money (Hachette, 2020). Rick is a senior reporter at The Saturday Paper where he covers social policy, national affairs and science.