“Not Bad Thanks” by Graeme Willingham: So, who is Graeme Willingham?

Graeme Willingham is  the Footy Almanac’s guest speaker at a forthcoming  dinner on Tuesday 16th April at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. Details of the dinner can be found HERE


Over the past week or so, the Almanac has posted extracts from Graeme’s book Not Bad Thanks  to offer readers the opportunity to develop an affinity with the book, to meet its wonderful characters and  to read  of their  exploits has  certainly whetted the appetite of readers for more.


The Almanac dinner is an ideal opportunity to hear  Graeme speak about  the stories behind the stories, their evolution, their development, and eventually their formation into the  publication of Not Bad Thanks. Graeme will be joined in  conversation with Footy Almanac’s own, John Harms. A great night is ensured for all so don’t miss out.


Details of the dinner are HERE.  Come and join our friendly group of Almanackers, everyone is most welcome.


We’ve read extracts from the book,  reviews and comments as well, but what do we know about the man himself, the author of this wonderful book. 


So let’s find out more about Graeme Willingham.


The following information comes from the media release for the book.


About the author


Willingham tells his life in joining words began in Year 12 at Camperdown High School, in southwest Victoria. During winter Monday morning library time, he’d write a report for The Chronicle, about the Under 18 football team he played in two days’ previous. Every week, he’d mention every member of the team in the prose, not just the customary standout players. The next year, he was on staff, reporting on, among other things, the senior game, where he played as a winger.  He was a premiership winger in 1968.


Willingham played with Camperdown in the Hampden League, Daylesford in the Ballarat League, East Hawthorn in Eastern Districts League and as well as with The Heraldand The Agejournalist social teams, which included games against The Adelaide Advertiser,The ABC,prisoners in Pentridge Gaol and on French Island, and Barassi All-Stars. He played on the legendary Ron Barassi, in the centre. Wearing runners, the then coach of North Melbourne never got a kick against Willingham. But, Barassi smashed him on disposals, racking up 24,679 handballs. Willingham never got a kick on Barassi … or a handball!!!


At The Chronicle, he also reported on his games with the local Yellowbellies basketball team.  His basketball ‘career’ continued in Melbourne, where he played with Ivanhoe and Bridge Hotel at the Albert Park Stadium, before heading to London. He responded to an advertisement in TIME OUTmagazine to try out for a club in central London. He failed to qualify. His undoing was clumsy dribbling with his non-preferred hand around a network of traffic cones. However, thankfully, the central team in this book, Not Bad Thanks, makes no such demand on its recruits.


After a cadetship at Western District Newspapers, he worked on The Ballarat Courier, The Sun News-Pictorial and The Age (Insight) before news-editing a weekly business magazine in London. He returned to Melbourne where he operated his own public relations firm for 35 years while writing occasional travel pieces.


Graeme Willingham will speak about his book at a forthcoming Footy Almanac dinner, details HERE 


Read an extract from the book HERE


Read the second extract HERE


To buy the book click HERE


To find out more about Almanac memberships CLICK HERE






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