Don Watson's essay

Don Watson's essay

Q&A - Don Watson

In the summer of 1999, Don Watson spent two months at the Humanities Research Centre, enjoying the peace and quiet of the ANU campus as he gathered his thoughts on his time as speech writer for Prime Minister Paul Keating.

While on campus he began writing his seminal work, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM.

Before working for Keating, Watson had been an academic historian and a freelance writer.

The Keating book won several awards and was a best-seller, as were Death Sentence, Watson’s Dictionary of Weasel Words, American Journeys and The Bush.

He recently returned to the University for an ANU/The Canberra Times meet the author event to discuss his new Quarterly Essay, Enemy Within, American politics in the time of Trump, and took time out to speak to ROSS PEAKE.