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Guest Speaker: Rick Morton

Rick Morton

Rick Morton is a Senior Reporter for The Saturday Paper, and an award-winning journalist formerly with The Australian. He is the author of One Hundred Years of Dirt (MUP, 2018). Dirt is part family memoir, part book of essays about growing up on the outside in Australia. It explores inter-generational trauma, poverty, addiction and mental health and the role of a mother who tried to love enough for the failures of everyone else around her. Originally from Queensland, Rick has worked in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Canberra as the social affairs writer for The Australian with a particular focus on social policy including the National Disability Insurance Scheme, aged care, the welfare system, religion and employment services. Rick is the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Award for Young Journalist of the Year and the 2017 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist. He appears regularly on television, radio and panels discussing politics, the media, writing and social policy.

One Hundred Years of Dirt was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, longlisted for the 2018 Walkley Book of the Year, and longlisted for both Biography Book of the Year and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year at the 2019 ABIA Awards.