Browsing All posts tagged under »Paul Kelly«

The first ball

November 18, 2013


The first ball of the first Test First comes sport. Later on comes sex and love. Songwriter Paul Kelly, paraphrased from The Age, April 24, 2004 The first ball of the first Test The first rays of the summer sun The first stroke of the willow bat The first run The first bounce of the […]


July 1, 2013


‘Very pleased to announce that I have a story in a new book, Australia’s Game. The book is an updated version of the 1988 book The Greatest Game, edited by Ross Fitzgerald and Ken Spillman. Twenty-five years on the selfsame editors have retained many of the original pieces (by Manning Clark, David Williamson, Ramona Koval, […]

Life cycle, for Bruce Dawe and Paul Kelly

April 15, 2013


This story was first published in The Age, 11 August 2007. You could call it an illusion, a trick of the stage lighting. Or maybe it was just tiredness that created the moment. Hamer Hall. October 2001. Paul Kelly is onstage. His grey hair, what little there seems to be of it, is close-cropped. His […]

One Song at a Time – Paul Kelly’s Feelings of Grief

August 1, 2012


Bedroom, Williamstown, 11.30pm, 2007 To listen to Feelings of Grief is to try to swim out beyond the buoys, where the water is too deep and the shore too distant. After I first heard Feelings of Grief, the opening song on Paul Kelly‚Äôs 2007 album Stolen Apples, I wondered if I was game enough to […]