Author Archives: Matthew Kerr

Byron Bay Writer’s Festival 2011

Benjamin Gilmour will be appearing at the Byron Bay Writers Festival 2011, from Aug 5-7. More information can be found on the festival’s website Byron Bay Writers Festival 2011

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Someone call a paramedic!

Stay tuned for Benjamin’s forthcoming book, ‘Paramedico – Adventures by Ambulance’ (Pier 9) to be released on the Nov 1, 2011. News about the launch and other events will be announced soon!

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Valley of Roses

Travel SMH 1/5/11 EVERY great poet, from Keats to Browning, Milton to Lorca, has written about the rose. And almost every lover has delivered them. Many would agree that no flower is quite as wondrous. Its scent, although too sweet … Continue reading

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Dressed Up, Somewhere To Go

Culture SMH 6/3/11 IT WAS halfway over the Laxman Jhula suspension bridge in Rishikesh that my wife Kass and I felt, for the first time, like tourist attractions. While the bridge helps thousands of pilgrims cross the Ganges to their … Continue reading

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Letter From Peshawar

Pakistan CRIKEY  24/11/09 From the car we could see a busy morning unfolding at the Peshawar Courts as we passed them, an enormous crowd filtering through a half-open security gate, each person frisked carefully. Old men with shifting slowly to … Continue reading

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Pakistan’s Cinema Renaissance

Film CEO INK 20/5/09 While teaching film studies at IQRA University in Lahore a number of years ago, a young student in the front of the class put up his hand and asked me a question. ‘Sir, all I want … Continue reading

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Welcome To Pakistan

Pakistan CRIKEY 11/6/09 In early 2006, when a band of scruffy kids and a former Afghan mujahid joined me on the streets of Peshawar to shoot a film about a boy who runs away to the city, fear of suicide … Continue reading

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Lion Of The Festival Circuit

Film FILM JOURNAL 1/2/2009 A film like our feature ‘Son of a Lion’ has a festival life of one or two years, a terrific journey I am mid-way through and one that has amused and taught me much. It began … Continue reading

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Afghan War Can’t Be Won

Afghanistan THE AUSTRALIAN 13/1/09 FOOTAGE of roadside ambushes and rocket attacks such as the one that killed Australian soldier Gregory Sher in Afghanistan last week might seem like macabre subject matter. But DVDs of these attacks on foreign troops are … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Naked Naga

Travel A LETTER HOME 13/10/05 We knew well that in an age where goat-herders have mobile phones and Coke has reached the last corner of the planet, finding the ‘Naked Naga’ would be a challenge. But a challenge is designed to be … Continue reading

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