Martin Flanagan - The Short Long Book

Sunday 19 November 2017
The Warehouse, Clunes

Arguably Australia's greatest sportswriter Martin Flanagan will be in conversation in Clunes this month with Creative Clunes board member Scott McQueen.

Flanagan will be sharing stories from two of his most recent books:

The Short Long Book - A Portrait of Michael Long, the Man Who Changed the Australian Game.

In 1995, Aboriginal footballer Michael Long quietly revolutionised Australian sport by refusing to let a racial insult pass during the Anzac Day match between Essendon and Collingwood. When the overwhelmingly white football public backed a black man against a white institution (the AFL), the culture of the game flipped and the AFL became a leader in Australian race relations. Funny, incisive and revealing, The Short Long Book is a compelling portrait of a man who could be described as the soul of the game, as seen by Australia's greatest sportswriter.

On Listening - A poetic and eloquent meditation on the power of listening.

Martin Flanagan shares how listening has been an essential part of his life from when he started hitchhiking at fourteen through to writing a book about Aboriginal footballer and activist Michael Long.

We hope you can join us for this fascinating conversation with one of the nations best-loved sportswriters.


A FREE event sponsored by Dilmac Media, Creative Clunes and supported by Hepburn Shire Council.

This will be the final Booktown on Sunday event for 2017 and the series of talks will return in February 2018.