Don Watson is one of Australia’s most distinguished writers and public speakers.Don Watson grew up on a farm in Gippsland, took his undergraduate degree at La Trobe University and a Ph.D at Monash and was for ten years an academic historian. He wrote three books on Australian history before turning his hand to TV and the stage.
For several years he combined writing political satire for the actor Max Gillies with political speeches for the Victorian Premier John Cain. In 1992 he became Paul Keating’s speech-writer and adviser and his best-selling account of those years, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister, won the Age Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year, the National Biography Award and the Australian Literary Studies Association’s Book of the Year.
In addition to regular books, articles and essays, in recent years he has also written feature films, including The Man Who Sued God, starring Billy Connolly and Judy Davis.