Tom Bamforth

Tom Bamforth

Tom Bamforth is a writer and aid worker whose articles have appeared in Granta and the Age. He is the author of Deep Field: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Aid Relief (Hardie Grant, 2014). His website is


The men in green

EssayTO KILL TIME following a minor a delay to their meeting schedule, three middle-aged men with thinning hair, charcoal-grey suits and blue ties stood awkwardly in a line and attempted banter. Peter Dutton: It’s like Cape York time. Tony Abbott: What’s...

Green and pleasant memories

Reportage‘CAN WE MEET later?’ reads the text message. ‘I’ve got to support someone in court.’ I had arrived at the shopping centre in the Melbourne suburb of West Heidelberg, the site of the 1956 Olympic village, hoping to join...

Lots of rabbits this year

MemoirDISPERSED AMONG LENGTHY discussions of cycling, which must have been their shared passion, a teenage Charles Harlock was given some erratic career advice by an amiable relative in Sydney called Thomas Love in 1903:You say you are going to...

How to survive an earthquake

MemoirTHE NUMBERS ROSE slowly, like a cricket innings, and the commentators droned. There was little new information and the television news recycled the same repetitive pictures with a boxed scorecard showing a slowly growing body count. An apartment complex...

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