Ode to raconteur and wordsmith extraordinaire, Gideon Haigh

Jen Muirden Gideon night table photo

Gideon Haigh keeping everyone entertained at The Royal Melbourne Hotel. Pic: Jennifer Muirden


Ode to raconteur and wordsmith extraordinaire, Gideon Haigh
By Jennifer Muirden

Gideon Haigh’s dinner and celebration of Certain Admissions
Wednesday 14 October 2015 7:00pm
Royal Melbourne Hotel, CBD

A thoroughly enjoyable night spent dining with like-minded souls who, like me, could listen to Gideon Haigh talk for hours! A brilliant raconteur who is so engaging, and yet so very unassuming and humble, thoroughly deserves a quirky ode written in his honour.

Ode to Gideon
Sung to the tune of “Julia” from The White Album (1968) by The Beatles

None of what you say is meaningless
For all you say is significant, Gideon

Gideon, Gideon, wordsmith, inspires me
So I sing a song of praise, Gideon
Gideon, warm brown eyes, easy smile, engages me
So I sing a song of praise, Gideon

Your stories of crime non-fiction are considering, invigorating,
Never glum

Gideon, Gideon, typewriting truth, teach me
So I sing a song of praise, Gideon

When you write from your heart
You can only speak your mind, Gideon

Gideon, scribing hand, silently proud, tell me
So I sing a song of praise, Gideon
Hum hum hum hum… inspires me
So I sing a song of praise for Gideon, Gideon, Gideon

About Jennifer Muirden

Jennifer Muirden has been a keen St Kilda supporter since 1978 and fondly remembers her childhood Saturdays spent at Linton Street, Moorabbin. In her lifetime she hopes to experience the Saints second Premiership.


  1. ned_wilson says

    …. Did you consider Rocky Raccoon?

  2. Been to a few Melbourne pubs in my day (though not recently), but not the Royal Melbourne as yet – looks a great place for a book launch.
    I’ve always enjoyed Gideon Haigh’s cricket books and am sure that “Certain Admissions” would be a great read.
    Also love Jennifer Muirden’s quirky “ode-ability” and have quickly penned this limerick in Jen’s honour.

    “There was a songstress named Jen
    In the eyes of all the perfect ten
    So passionate about her beloved Saints
    And been known to dabble with paints
    I eagerly await her sage words again”

  3. Jennifer Muirden says

    Oh Ned, so very logical to go with Rocky Racoon but I just went with my gut feeling and, for whatever inexplicable reason I was, on this occasion, inspired by The Beatles.

  4. Jennifer Muirden says

    Oh Fitzroy Pete, you make me blush! Not sure if I’m worthy of Bo Derek ten, but I thank you nonetheless for enjoying my ramblings so much.

  5. Rest assured, Jen, Bo Derek (when I last spoke to her) said she be flattered to be spoken of in the same breadth as your good self. With her blonde hair, Bo would’ve fitted in perfectly at the famed St Kilda discos.

  6. Love this, Jen!
    The White Album (and Beatles generally) is a favourite of mine.

  7. New Mexico CBD says

    Sharing this with dad.

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