John Birmingham is a columnist for Fairfax, a freelancer for everyone, and a writer for Pan Macmillan in Australia and Penguin Random House in New York. He wrote features for magazines for a decade before publishing his memoir He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, working for Rolling Stone, Playboy and the Long Island Prison News amongst others. He won the National Award For Non-Fiction with Leviathan: An Unauthorised Biography of Sydney. He started writing airport novels because they were more fun and his most recent series of books that improve with altitude are the Dave Hooper novels. John blogs at cheeseburgergothic.com. John is part of the lineup for our Freelance Focus festival, Brisbane, August 4 – 6.
Before he joins us at Freelance Focus, we caught up with John to talk deadlines, whiskey and Hunter S. Thompson.:
MY FAVOURITE TWEETER IS:
I WORK BEST:
At 2 am with a head full of whiskey and a hellish deadline.
THE WORK I AM MOST PROUD OF IS:
A story I wrote way back in 1990 for Rolling Stone. It helped, just a little, get a guy out of prison in Indonesia.
THE FREELANCE CAREER I MOST ADMIRE:
Hunter S. Thompson.
I WOULD ADVISE MY 15-YEAR-OLD SELF:
Buy Apple stock.
MY NEXT PROJECT IS:
Finishing a couple of e-books and writing Season Two of Dave Hooper.