Too often our notions of life outside Australia’s capital cities are that it is monochrome and homogenous. The new anthology Growing Up In Country Australia offers a fresh, modern, and at times surprising look at country life today, bringing together the perspectives of established and emerging writers. Join the collection’s editor, prize-winning One Hundred Years of Dirt author Rick Morton, as he speaks with contributors Farz Edraki, Bridie Jabour and Benjamin Riley. Together, they discuss challenges such as drought, fire and isolation, as well as the joy, adventure and beauty of growing up outside our capital cities.

Benjamin Riley (Australian)

Benjamin Riley

Benjamin Riley is a Sydney-based writer and researcher interested in queer politics and culture, HIV, and the legacies of the AIDS crisis. Benjamin worked as a journalist and editor for national queer publication Star Observer, ran Express Media's youth journalism program The Under Age, and hosted and produced the podcast Queers from 2016 to 2019. He works in public health, with a focus on Australian and international HIV and sexual health policy reform.

Bridie Jabour (Australian)

Bridie Jabour

Bridie Jabour is the Opinion Editor at The Guardian. She has previously worked as a journalist for NewsCorp and Fairfax, where she has reported on social affairs, politics and regional issues. Bridie writes commentary on feminism, inequality, and pop culture, and appears regularly on The Drum, Triple J and ABC Radio Sydney. She is the author of the novel The Way Things Should Be and the book of essays Trivial Grievances: On the contradictions, myths and misery of your 30s.

Farz Edraki (Australian)

Farz Edraki

Farz Edraki is an Iranian-Australian writer based in Sydney. She is a deputy editor at ABC Everyday. She has worked as a TV producer on Tonightly with Tom Ballard, The House, and The School That Tried to End Racism.

Rick Morton (Australian)

Rick Morton

Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and author of three non-fiction books. My Year Of Living Vulnerably documents the rediscovery of love after a Complex PTSD diagnosis. His debut memoir, One Hundred Years of Dirt, became a national bestseller and was a finalist in multiple awards. He is also the author of On Money. Rick is a senior reporter at The Saturday Paper where he covers social policy, national affairs and science. His forthcoming book, Growing Up In Country Australia, will be released in March.