Midday Shot: Barry Hill
Poet, historian and journalist Barry Hill has been a mainstay of Australian writing for three decades. Perhaps best known for his much-awarded biography of anthropologist T.G.H Strehlow, Broken Song, he has written novels, poetry, essays, radio criticism and libretti.
Peacemongers is Hill’s latest book, and his first major work of prose since 2002. Written across a decade’s explorations through India and Japan, it reflects themes of travel, history, war and peace — alongside the shadow of Indian intellectual Rabindranath Tagore, and Hill’s own search for meaning.
Barry Hill is joined in conversation by literary critic and academic Justin Clemens.
Barry Hill is a multi-award winning writer of poetry, history, biography, fiction and reportage.
Reason and Lovelessness is his latest collection of essays variously published in Australia, India and London. It includes ‘satellites’ of his major works – such as Sitting In (1992), a landmark memoir in labour history; Broken Song: TGH Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession (2002), a literary biography on Aboriginal and frontier poetics; and Peacemongers (2014), a pilgrimage book about Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi in the years leading up to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Justin Clemens is a philosopher, translator, social critic, poet and academic. He has published three collections of poetry, The Mundiad (Black Inc, 2004), Villain (Hunter Publishers, 2009) and Me ‘n’ me trumpet (Vagabond, 2011).