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 three novels: the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing, and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Prize; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2012. He is also the author of Shadowboxing, and three short story collections – Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People.

In 2017 Tony was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award. In 2021 he will release two new books, a poetry collection, Whisper Songs, and a new short story collection, Dark as Last Night. Tony Birch is also an activist, historian and essayist.

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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