There it is again is testament to the versatility of Don Watson, one of Australia’s most respected writers. This cross-section of his work covers subjects ranging from birds to love letters, imagined apologies, meaningless corporate-speak and Anzac Day. Kerry O’Brien sits with the loquacious former political speechwriter and historian, who believes that more than just about anything else, in a civilised society, words matter.
Don Watson (Australian)
Don Watson is the author of various award-winning books and essays on subjects including politics, language, history, birds, race horses, the United States and the Bush. His latest book is There It Is Again, a collection of his writing from the last fifteen years. He lives in Melbourne and writes regularly for The Monthly.
Kerry O’Brien (Australian)
Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists and the winner of six Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism. He has been a journalist for 50 years covering print, television and wire service, as a reporter, feature writer, columnist and foreign correspondent. For ABC TV, he presented The 7.30 Report for more than 15 years, Four Corners for five years and Lateline for six years. He has interviewed many world leaders including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, as well as many influential figures in the arts, science and business. For 20 years he was also the face of the ABC’s election night coverage. Kerry’s acclaimed four-part interview series with former Prime Minister Paul Keating was broadcast on the ABC in 2013, and his book expanding on those conversations was published in 2015. His memoir is due out in 2018.