Texts in the City: Dear America

Texts in the City: Dear America

In this episode of Texts in the City, Tony Birch looks at Bernard Edelman’s Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam with author and Vietnam veteran Barry Heard. They discuss war and trauma, and questions of honesty, memory and emotional sensitivity – in the context of both the text and Heard’s personal experiences.

Contains some strong language.

Presented in association with The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English.


Portrait of Tony Birch

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He has published three novels; The White GirlGhost River and Blood. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s DayThe Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature. In 2021 he released two new books, a poetry book, Whisper Songs and a new short story collection, Dark As Last Night.

Portrait of Barry Heard

Barry Heard

Barry Heard is a Vietnam vet and author of the prize-winning books Well Done Those Men, Tag, and View from Connors Hill.

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