Almanac Music – ‘Don’t Start Me Talking’ by Paul Kelly: a story by David Wilson


Check out ER’s fabulous story he wrote for Stereo Stories about a Paul Kelly song and the memories it brings to him. The following link will take you to his story. It’s a beauty!




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About David Wilson

David Wilson is a writer, editor, flood forecaster and former school teacher. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He is married and has two daughters and the four of them all live together with their dog, Pip. He finds playing the guitar a little tricky, but seems to have found a kindred instrument with the ukulele. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. Stainless says

    That’s a ripper piece ER and a great tribute to a wonderful album. I can’t match your story, but I can vividly recall, as newlyweds, my wife and I listening to that song for the first time. We were already big Paul Kelly fans, but as those opening lines played out, our eyes met and we just exclaimed a collective “wow”!

  2. E.regnans says

    Good one Stainless. Such power in the moment.
    Memories baffle me a lot of the time, but last Sunday I felt as though I’d been picked up by a forklift.
    I love the opening of that album.

  3. Shane Reid says

    I really love the way you write ER, thanks for sharing this. I took a long time (middle age really) to become hooked on Paul Kelly (Midnight Oil and the Black Sorrows too for that matter), but there is something “collective unconscious” about his stuff that has me feeling like I need it now. His music is like a home I never realised I had.

  4. E.regnans says

    G’day Shane. Thanks for writing. That’s very kind.

    In this past week I’ve felt as you describe there, too. Your last sentence rings with familiarity.

    Listening right now to the A to Z compilation in late May Melbourne sunshine. And it feels fine.

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