Podcast #17: Tony Birch

Dr Tony Birch is a renowned academic, author, poet and educator.  He is the inaugural recipient of The Bruce McGuinness Indigenous Research Fellowship at Victoria University, named for one of Victoria’s most respected Aboriginal elders and a long-time activist in the struggle for Aboriginal justice.

Alongside his academic work, Tony is a highly regarded novelist. He has authored many books and short stories, including Shadowboxing, Blood (shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award) The Promise (shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award) and Ghost River (2015) , long listed for the 2016 Miles Franklin Award.  In 2016 he released Broken Teeth, a book of poetry.

Tony grew up and lived much of his life in Fitzroy where his beloved footy club formed part of his identity. He currently resides in Carlton with his family and a snoring dog.

Any dictatorship worth its violent salt executes the poets first. It is the way it should be, as a great poem cuts through the crap and goes for the heart and heat like a double-barrelled shotgun.

                             –Tony Birch