Join acclaimed authors John Birmingham and David Vann as they reflect on how they have grappled with their fathers’ deaths, and how they subsequently brought their memories to bear on the page. John is the author of On Father, a beautifully written homage and unflinching account of surviving profound grief. In Halibut on the Moon, David draws on his father’s suicide to deliver a darkly intimate portrait of a man teetering between life and death. They appear in conversation with ABC Radio Sydney’s Richard Glover.
David Vann (International)
David Vann's new novel is Halibut On The Moon. Published in 23 languages, his internationally-bestselling books have won 14 prizes, including best foreign novel in France and Spain, and appeared on 83 Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. He has been featured in 85 international literary festivals and had book tours in 30 countries.
John Birmingham (Australian)
John Birmingham wrote features for magazines in the decade before publishing He Died With A Falafel In His Hand. He won the National Award For Non-Fiction with Leviathan: an unauthorised biography of Sydney. His most recent work is On Father.
Richard Glover (Australian)
Richard Glover's latest book is The Land Before Avocado, an anti-nostalgia book about Australia in the 60s and 70s. He's the author of the bestselling memoir Flesh Wounds, writes regularly for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Washington Post, and presents the comedy show Thank God It's Friday on local ABC Radio.