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With a wonderful career in arts and letters, and an influential academic,
Peter Fitzpatrick has a new book out. Details  HERE. 


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AFLW: The Rise of Women’s Footy – Grassroots

Callum O’Çonnor on the rising popularity and participation of women playing Australian Rules Football all over the country. [With the AFLW Grand Final this weekend it is a good time to reprise Callum O’Connor’s three part series about the rise of women’s football. Enjoy Part 1. – ED]

Almanac Music: A Pogues Life

With the passing of the legendary Shane MacGowan, Smokie details just how much the music of The Pogues means to him

Almanac Fiction: The Search for the Shield (Episode 5)

Down at heel gumshoe Swifty Taylor decides to take a break from his search and goes for a drink

Almanac Music: Vale Shane MacGowan – The Pogues – ‘Dirty Old Town’

Col Ritchie has been a fan of The Pogues for many years, and fondly remembers a memorable performance by them at BluesFest a few years ago. [Like Keith Richards, we thought Shane MacGowan would live on forever but not so. With his death on Thursday, The Footy Almanac reprises this story about The Pogues. Vale Shane MacGowan. – ED]

Almanac Music: In memory of Shane MacGowan – ‘Fairytale of New York’ – The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl)

One of the great contemporary Christmas songs is ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl). It is sure to get your feet tapping and put you in the Christmas spirit. [With the passing of Shane MacGowan on Thursday, what better way to remember him by as we lead into the festive season than to replay this great Christmas song by The Pogues. Vale Shane MacGowan – ED]

Almanac Life Seasons – A Notable Death: Fr. Gerard Dowling

Peter Fuller remembers a one-eyed Kangaroos supporter who just happened to be both a Catholic priest and an outstanding broadcaster, Fr. Gerard Dowling.

Almanac NFL – The 2023 Dan Orlovsky Cup: Week 12

If you want to compare football codes, at least do it from an informed perspective. Earl O’Neill exposes the ‘idiotic complaints against American football’.

Almanac Literature: Peter Fitzpatrick’s ‘Mayo Street’

Peter Fitzpatrick has had a wonderful career in the arts – especially writing and directing – and also as an academic. His third novel, ‘Mayo Street’, has just been released. Read more about Peter and his novel here.

Almanac Event (Dec 1): Drinks to celebrate the release of The Furphy Anthology 2023. All welcome.

You’re invited to the All Nations Hotel in Richmond to celebrate the release of The Furphy Anthology 2023 – Dec 1. All welcome.

Almanac Cricket – WBBL Grand Final: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat

The Adelaide Scorchers will host the Brisbane Heat in this weekend’s Grand Final of the 2023 WBBL. Here’s the how, when and where.

Almanac Life: Car Horns are Versatile Instruments

All too often used in anger or frustration, Mickey Randall offers a far more positive, even loving appreciation of the sound of a toot of a car horn.

AFLW 2023 Grand Final: North Melbourne Kangaroos v Brisbane Lions

The Kangaroos take on the Lions in the 2023 AFLW Grand Final this weekend. Here’s what we can look forward to.

Almanac Book (Launch): ‘Celestial Footy: the story of Chinese heritage Aussie Rules’ by Patrick Skene

Patrick Skene has been at it again, this time authoring ‘Celestial Footy: the story of Chinese heritage Aussie Rules’. Read on for details of its release and associated events across Victoria. [Those who attended the Footy Almanac Grand Final Lunch will remember Patrick’s fascinating segment – Ed]

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: Reginald Bell (1899-1913) – Promising child jockey

Reginald Bell (1899-1913) was a promising junior jockey until a race fall unfortunately took his life. He is one of many sportsmen buried at the Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg.

Almanac Fiction: The Search for the Shield (Episode 4)

In the fourth instalment of his search for the shield, Swifty Taylor crosses paths with an old acquaintance.

Almanac Travel: The Trek

Dips O’Donnell visits one of the wonders of world on a four day trek to Machu Picchu, and survives the raging discomfort caused by an aguaymanto as he explains.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Work Yard’ – Tommy Mallet

In his poem ‘Work Yard’ Tommy Mallet says so much in so few words.

Almanac Poetry: Hooray for Hollywood

What are so many TV and movie stars of yesteryear doing now? Kevin Densley paints a picture.

Almanac Family: Mum Knows Best

Ian Wilson remembers his much loved mother and the lessons in life he learned from her.

FEARLESS 2023: End of season wrap – by club.

FEARLESS 2023 reviews the AFL season that was, club by club, and it proved to be the culmination of a tough year for some clubs.