JOHN BIRMINGHAM: ON FATHER IN CONVERSATION WITH PAUL BARCLAY REVIEW AVAILABLE ON SCENESTR

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My father is the greatest man I know, strong, dependable and smart. He is the rock of our family and a giant I stand in awe of. Long ago I came of age and saw that he was just a man like us all but he remains someone I deeply admire and cherish. He will turn 75 this December and as a family we savour the time left together, it gives me some peace to know that my parents became grandparents last October, they have earned that milestone and time was running out.

Time ran out for author John Birmingham and his family a little while back and the result for John was six months of depression. When he came out of it he wrote On Father and knowing him by reputation I sought a chance to see him talk about On Father at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the series Writers+IdeasScenestr made it possible and you can read my review of what I saw here http://scenestr.com.au/arts/john-birmingham-on-father-in-conversation-with-paul-barclay-review-brisbane-powerhouse-20190417

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11 thoughts on “JOHN BIRMINGHAM: ON FATHER IN CONVERSATION WITH PAUL BARCLAY REVIEW AVAILABLE ON SCENESTR

  1. I found it very difficult to cope with my Dad’s passing, even though it was quite expected and we didn’t always have the warmest of relationships. But he was strong mentally and as I realise now, patriotic and brave. He left a big hole in my life. Sixteen years later when I see that the soccer team he used to support are winning a game by a large margin, just for a split second I think to myself “I bet my Dad’s enjoying watching that” and then I realise.

    1. Thank you for sharing John, I like to think he is watching somewhere. Birmingham wrote about his father quite movingly and he has already a lot of feedback from readers that they found the essay in dealing with their grief.

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