Interstate author and journalist Rick Morton to visit Goldfields Libraries | Goldfields Library Corporation

Interstate author and journalist Rick Morton to visit Goldfields Libraries

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Rick Morton is an award winning journalist and social affairs writer for The Australian. One Hundred Years of Dirt is Rick’s memoir. It’s a story of social mobility, class in Australia, childhood trauma, homophobia, mental illness and drug addiction.

Rick grew up on a cattle station in outback Queensland, and after his brother suffered a horrific accident, his family began to break down. He witnessed his father’s descent into alcoholism, the divorce that followed, and the homophobia that pervaded his rural community as he struggled with his own sexuality.

Rick went on to be raised by his hard-working single mother, and after his brother’s battle with drug addiction and imprisonment, he found journalism as an escape. He went on to land a journalism cadetship, and is now well-known for being an openly gay progressive journalist at one of Australia’s most conservative mastheads.

As part of a national tour, Rick will have an extract in The Weekend Australian, be a guest on ABC TV’s Matter of Fact with Stan Grant and ABC Radio’s Conversations with Richard Fidler.

Goldfields Libraries are excited to announce that during his tour, Rick will be stopping by Gisborne and Bendigo libraries in August. He will host two special pop up author talks and speak about the writing and influences for this wonderful memoir.

See Rick on Tuesday 21 August at the Gisborne Library from 2-3pm, and Bendigo Library from 5.30-6.30pm. Bookings are essential and can be made at


For more information on One Hundred Years of Dirt, Melbourne University Publishing as released its onw media release, and an author letter from Rick Morton.