In September 2006, Birmingham wrote a chunk in The Australian lambasting Germaine Greer for an article she had written in The Guardian about Steve Irwin shortly after his loss of life. He described Greer’s feedback as “a toxic discharge of bile”. Portions of Birmingham’s article had been later quoted within the Parliament of New South Wales.
Birmingham has written two Quarterly Essays (Black Inc. an imprint of Schwartz Publishing Pty Ltd) Appeasing Jakarta: Australia’s Complicity within the East Timor Tragedy and A Time for War: Australia as a Military Power. He can be a daily contributor to The Monthly, an Australian nationwide journal of politics, society and the humanities.
He has additionally written two small pocket books The Felafel Guide to Getting Wasted (2002) and The Felafel Guide to Sex (2002) which function recommendation Birmingham has obtained over time concerning these two topics. He additionally wrote the nonfiction guide “Dopeland” which examined Australia’s hashish tradition.
His different works embrace The Search for Savage Henry, a criminal offense novel that includes the character Harrison Biscuit, How To Be A Man, a semi-humorous information to up to date Australian masculinity and Off One’s Tits, a set of essays and articles beforehand printed elsewhere. He additionally spent 4 years researching the historical past of Sydney for Leviathan: the unauthorised biography of Sydney (Random House, 1999,
ISBN 0-09-184203-4). It gained Australia’s National Prize For Non-Fiction in 2002. In 2010, the Sydney Theatre Company created a play primarily based upon the non-fiction guide Leviathan that target the darkish aspect of the evolution of town of Sydney.
In 1994 Birmingham launched his sharehouse residing memoir He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, which has since been changed into a play, movie and a graphic novel. The sequel is The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco (Duffy and Snellgrove, 1997), the theatrical model of which was written and produced by 36 unemployed actors. In 2011 it was the longest operating stage play in Australian historical past. In 2014, three Brisbane filmmakers sought funds to make a movie model by way of crowdfunding.
Birmingham was first printed in Semper Floreat, the scholar newspaper on the University of Queensland in Brisbane, writing a collection of tales that includes a fictional character named Commander Harrison Biscuit. His first paid printed work appeared in a pupil journal on the University of Queensland. He gained a younger writers award for the Independent, which was edited by Brian Toohey and wrote plenty of articles for Rolling Stone and Australian Penthouse magazines.
Birmingham returned to Queensland to review legislation however he didn’t full his authorized research, selecting as an alternative to pursue a profession as an writer. Birmingham has a level in worldwide relations and at the moment lives in Brisbane.
Birmingham was born in Liverpool, United Kingdom, however grew up in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, having moved to the nation along with his dad and mom in 1970. Birmingham obtained his increased schooling at Saint Edmund’s College in Ipswich and on the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Birmingham’s solely stint of full-time employment was as a researcher on the Australian Department of Defence however he has labored for the tv program A Current Affair.
John Birmingham (born 7 August 1964) is a British-born Australian writer, recognized for the 1994 memoir He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, and his Axis of Time trilogy.