In Your Suburb: Rick Morton

Rick Morton

Wynnum Library

In Your Suburb



#About the event


Rick Morton

Rick Morton

Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and the author of three non-fiction books. His latest My Year of Living Vulnerably launched on 17 March, 2021.

Morton is also the author of One Hundred Years of Dirt (MUP, 2018) and the extended essay On Money (Hachette, 2020).

Dirt is part family memoir, part book of essays about growing up on the outside in Australia. It explores intergenerational 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. He is the Senior Reporter for The Saturday Paper. Originally from Queensland, Rick 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 for the 2019 ABIA Awards. Dirt was also shortlisted for the National Biography Award.


Melanie Myers

Melanie Myers

Melanie is a Brisbane-based writer, editor, academic and occasional actor. She has a DCA in Creative Writing and teaches at the University of the Sunshine Coast. In 2018, she won the Glendower Award for an Emerging Writer at the Queensland Literary Awards and her debut novel Meet Me at Lennon's (UQP) is set to be published in September 2019. Her articles, essays and award-winning short fiction have been published in Kill Your Darlings, the Griffith Review, Arena Magazine, Overland, Hecate, and various other publications. She is the former artistic director of the nonfiction writers’ festival Reality Bites (2012 - 2014).

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