Best selling author and speech writer, Don Watson, is this year’s guest speaker at the Wombat Post Annual General Meeting on March the 20th. He will address truth and integrity in the media.
Over the past forty years Don Watson’s articles, columns and reviews on politics, history and culture have appeared in most major Australian journals and newspapers. In recent years he has written regularly for the Monthly.
For many years he wrote political satire for the legendary Australian television and stage shows starring Max Gillies. His film writing includes The Man Who Sued God (starring Billy Connolly and Judy Davis) and Passion (Barbara Hershey and Richard Roxburgh).
For five years he was speechwriter to the Victorian Labor Premier, John Cain. In January 1993 he became Prime Minister Paul Keating’s speechwriter and adviser and remained in the role until the government’s defeat in 1996.
His books include Caledonia Australis and the acclaimed best-sellers, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart (2002), Death Sentence (2003) and Watson’s Dictionary of Weasel Words (2004); American Journeys (2008), Bendable Learnings (2010), The Bush (2014), Worst Words (2015) A Single Tree, 2018 and The Story of Australia (2021). A collection of his writings, Watsonia, was published by Black Ink in 2020. He has twice won The Age Book of the Year and the Independent Booksellers Book of the Year; the National Biography Award, Courier-Mail Book of the Year, Alfred Deakin Essay Prize, Australian Literary Studies Association Book of the Year, a Walkley Award, and the New South Wales Premier’s Award. In 2011 he was awarded the Phillip Hodgins Medal for Australian Literature.
The AGM will be held in the Senior Citizens Room, behind the Daylesford Town Hall in Vincent Street at 3pm on the 20th of March.
Attendance is free but you will need book for a ticket for seating and catering purposes.