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Paul Kelly in Conversation with Robert Forster


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Australia’s one true poet laureate has finally committed his own story to paper. The 100 chapters
which make up Paul Kelly’s How to Make Gravy share the tales and personal stories behind 100 of
his songs from the previous three decades. Joined in conversation by the incomparable Robert Forster, Paul Kelly imparts his unique perspective on the songwriter’s art – from the point of inspiration to writing, honing, collaborating, performing, recording and reworking.

Celebrating How to Make Gravy, a memoir like no other, this will be a truly unique literary event.


Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly was born in Adelaide, one of nine children, in 1955. He wrote his first song in 1976 and has been making records since 1978, over thirty to date. He has collaborated with many other songwriters and written music for film and theatre. His prose has appeared in Meanjin, The Monthly, Roll... Read more

Robert Forster

As one of the founding members of the much loved Australian group The Go-Betweens, Robert Forster is one of Australia’s iconic musicians. He has released 9 albums with The Go-Betweens and 4 solo albums of original material. His last solo album The Evangelist, released in 2008, received 4 and 5 sta... Read more


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