Sportswriter Martin Flanagan speaking in Clunes

Arguably Australia's greatest sportswriter, Martin Flanagan will be in conversation in Clunes with Creative Clunes board member Scott McQueen this Sunday. 

Flanagan will share stories from two of his most recent books: The Short Long Book - A Portrait of Michael Long, the Man Who Changed the Australian Game

In 1995, Aboriginal footballer Michael Long quietly revolutionised Australian sport by refusing to let a racial insult pass during the Anzac Day match between Essendon and Collingwood. When the overwhelmingly white football public backed a black man against a white institution, the culture of the game flipped and the AFL became a leader in Australian race relations. Funny, incisive and revealing, The Short Long Book is a compelling portrait of a man who could be described as the soul of the game, as seen by Australia's greatest sportswriter.

On Listening – A poetic and eloquent meditation on the power of listening

Flanagan shares how listening has been an essential part of his life from when he started hitchhiking at fourteen through to writing a book about Aboriginal footballer and activist Michael Long.

The free event is at The Warehouse, Clune from 2-3pm on Sunday, November 19.

It will be the final Booktown on Sunday event for 2017, with the series of talks to return in February next year.