Book awards rich in history by Vin Maskell

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Country footy writer Paul Daffey showed magnanimity in the face of dashed hopes and grace in the face of disappointment when his book The Totem Poles of Ouyen United, Travels in Country Footy missed out on winning the 2020 History Publication Award that is part of the Victorian Community History Awards. The awards were announced late October. Continue reading

The fourth jumper by Vin Maskell

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FIDA Seagulls’ Indigenous and Special Event games guernsey. Photo Courtesy of FIDA Seagulls website.

Earlier this season, only a few weeks ago, I wrote a piece called Three Jumpers. It briefly re-visited stories from some time ago about two footy jumpers that have meant a lot over the years, and then concluded with a new story, about a third jumper. Continue reading

Life cycle, for Bruce Dawe and Paul Kelly by Vin Maskell

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You could call it an illusion, a trick of the stage lighting. Or maybe it was just tiredness that created the moment.

Hamer Hall. October 2001. Paul Kelly is onstage. His grey hair, what little there seems to be of it, is close-cropped. His face appears gaunt, his eyes in shadow. He has looked like this for some years now but it is only at this moment, late in the concert, that for some reason, perhaps merely a blink of my eyes, I think the songwriter bears a passing resemblance to one of Australia’s most popular writers. Continue reading