Trent Dalton writes for the award-winning The Weekend Australian Magazine. A former assistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he has won a Walkley, been a four-time winner of the national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year Award, and was named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Clarion Awards for excellence in Queensland media. His writing includes several short and feature-length film screenplays. His latest feature film screenplay, Home, is a love story inspired by his non-fiction collection Detours: Stories from the Street (2011), the culmination of three months immersed in Brisbane’s homeless community, the proceeds of which went back to the 20 people featured within its pages. Trent 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 Trent to find out what makes him tick…. and discovered the dangers of mixing spumante and young romance:
MY FAVOURITE BLOGGER/PODCAST/TWEETER IS:
Anything Brisbane-based graphic novelist Eddie Campbell (From Hell, The Fate of the Artist) posts about art and drawing.
Love Kate Legge’s Home Truths column in The Australian, a kind of blog in old school ink. Love The Oatmeal. I also very much appreciate Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP for its endless data mine of privileged and unintentionally hilarious “infrared sauna soup mercury cleanse” nonsense.
Love Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast for the way he completely abandons professionalism and simply geeks out, as I would, in the presence of people like Paul McCartney.
I WORK BEST AT:
Precisely 8.41am, Thursday morning, over a flat white made by a sweet M People-loving barista named June in the News Corp Bowen Hills cafe and after my wife sends me a text photograph of my two daughters that vaguely suggests they care for me.
THE WORK I AM MOST PROUD OF IS:
Having a small hand in the raising of a kinda shy eight-year-old girl who recently won first prize in her poetry eisteddfod.
THE FREELANCE CAREER I MOST ADMIRE:
Andrew McMillen, young Brisbane freelance writer who blows me away with his dogged, just get out and do it crazy-arsed initiative.
I WOULD ADVISE MY 15 YEAR OLD SELF:
When Amanda Williams asks you to take a midnight walk with her down Sunwell Street, just say yes you spumante-addled fool.
MY NEXT PROJECT IS:
Love Stories, a strange cinema and documentary and live music hybrid blending photography and journalism and the work of contemporary music group Topology and Karin Schaupp exploring true and tragic and beautiful love stories told by members of Brisbane’s homeless community. It’s at New Farm Cinemas on July 23, as part of the Queensland Music Festival, then it’s off to the Darwin Festival in August. http://qmf.org.au/whats-on/love-stories/