Celebrated ABC journalist Paul Kennedy’s memoir examines the rites of passage for many Australian teenage boys – blackout drinking, simmering violence and emotional suppression – and the tolls they take. Funkytown charts Paul’s path to redemption as a promising young AFL player who lost his way to drinking, brawling and a faulty notion of what it means to be a man. Join Paul as he discusses his memoir Funkytown, a love letter to adolescence, football, family and outer suburbia.

Paul Kennedy (Australian)

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy is an ABC journalist with more than 25 years' experience. His most recent book is the memoir Funkytown. His four previous books included Hell On The Way To Heaven (co-authored with Chrissie Foster), which was a key component in the push for Australia's Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.