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 the author of Ghost River, which won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. He is also the author of Shadowboxing, and three short story collections – Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People.

Tony is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, and a regular guest at writers’ festivals. He lives in Melbourne and is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University.

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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