Podcast: Martin Flanagan on Ron Barassi and Melbourne FC (via Speakola)

With thanks to ‘Tinsel’ Tony Wilson’s Speakola program, check out this incredible monologue by Martin Flanagan on Melbourne FC – recently uploaded.

Gravel & Mud: Martin Flanagan’s introduction

Martin Flanagan recalls life on the West Coast of Tasmania with its places, and characters and its distinctive footy. This piece of fine story-telling is the introduction to Gravel & Mud, an anthology put together by Tony Newport and the Carswell brothers Chris and John.

Martin Flanagan’s speech to the Grassroots Sports Club in Hobart, Spring 2019.

Martin Flanagan is one the country’s leading writers on Australian football. This is a timely speech about footy in Tassie which Martin gave in Hobart last weekend for the Grassroots Sports Club to raise money to buy sports equipment for disadvantaged kids.

Missing Martin Flanagan and Why I Subscribe to the Almanac

Edward P. Olsen reflects on an Almanac favourite: former writer for The Age and doyen of inviting prose, Martin Flanagan. In response to Flanagan’s absence from the paper’s pages, Edward has turned increasingly to the stories on this very site. [Wonderful – Ed.]

Almanac Footy Literature: Ten Memorable Passages

Edward P. Olsen presents a fantastic selection of passages from some of the most memorable written works about Australian football he has read.

Almanac Book Review – A Wink from the Universe: Trust and positives having created Bulldogs fairytales

Yoshi has taken much inspiration from Martin Flanagan’s retelling of the Bulldogs’ 2016 season.

Tom Browne, Twitter and Tasmanian Footy

Would a Tasmanian footy team attract more fans than the Sorrento Sharks? Channel 7’s Tom Browne clearly doesn’t think so.

A Wink from the Universe at Willy Lit Fest (June 17)

Our own John Harms will be in conversation with Almanac favourite Martin Flanagan on his captivating volume on the 2016 Premiers, “A Wink from the Universe”

Almanackers at this year’s Williamstown Literary Festival – June 16-17

Be sure to head along to the Willy Lit Fest for some excellent panels and chats and support the Almanac writers who are part of this year’s program. (The quickview of the whole program is available here too)

Wests Juniors Australian Football Club (WJAFC) 90th Anniversary Keynote

Turning 50, Geoff Woolcock has pulled some thoughts together about the significance of local community and junior footy while reflecting upon his long and distinguished footy career.

Almanac (Tassie) footy – a speech by Martin Flanagan: More than a Name

We have followed the progress of the North Hobart FC and its name change over recent times. Well, there’s been a victory for the people and footy culture. North Hobart has its name back and to celebrate Martin Flanagan spoke at Saturday’s club lunch. This is the full text of his speech (after an edited version appeared in The Age).

Brent Crosswell, Martin Flanagan and 1970

Marty Gleason on the significance of Brent Crosswell as a figure of both humanity and dissent.

AFLW Round 5 – Western Bulldogs v Collingwood: Woof 

The Daughters of the West solidified their place as top Dogs on the AFLW ladder on Sunday while on the road in Moe against the in-form Pies. Jack Banister reports.

A letter from summer

As another summer finishes rolling on, leaving some behind, E.regnans reflects on life, death and our physical, sporting and political landscapes

Martin Flanagan reviews Footy Town (published in the Age)

I was just putting some info together about Footy Town for someone who has just heard about it, and recalled this terrific review from Martin Flanagan. We have a few copies left if anyone is interested. JTH

Read Martin Flanagan’s glowing review essay of Footy Town: Stories of Australia’s Game.

Summer – Quiet, Reading, Silence

Jack Banister’s been thinking a lot about silence, and its been shaping his summer reading list.

2017 thoughts: Beating on against the current

After a year like this what can we control? Dave Wilson sees much in his year in review and Christmas song countdown on #gravyday

An open letter of footy and political wondering to Martin Flanagan

In the absence of weekly touchstones, David Wilson has navigated by the stars through 2017. And he now “takes the game on” by posting this open letter of wondering to Martin Flanagan.

Bob Murphy: Big brother, big influence and even bigger heart

Bob Murphy announced his retirement today. Anna Pavlou was there.

An open letter of humble thanks to Martin Flanagan

David Wilson has put into words the essence of what many of us are feeling with this letter of thanks to Martin Flanagan. No doubt we all have a Martin Flanagan story. No doubt we all feel a sense of gratitude, and loss.