Don Watson


Don Watson's Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister, won the Age Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year, the National Biography Award and the Australian Literary Studies Association's Book of the Year. His Quarterly Essay, Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America won the Alfred Deakin Essay Prize. In 2010 Don was awarded the Phillip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Australian Literature.

Death Sentence, his best-selling book about the decay of public language won the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year. Watson's Dictionary Of Weasel Words was also a bestseller. 

American Journeys won the Age Non-Fiction and Book of the Year Awards. It also won the inaugural Indie Award for Non-Fiction and the Walkley Award for Non-Fiction. His book The Bush: Travels to the Heart of Australia, was named overall winner in the 2015 Indie Book Awards and won Book of the Year in the 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

Don Watson Speaks

To engage Don for talks (or even workshops) send an email to Helen Smith including details of where, when and why.


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In his latest book Worst Words, Watson returns to the follies he described in Death Sentence and Weasel Words. He will make you cringe and laugh and possibly die of shame. But above all, he’ll ask you to resist: to fight in the fields and in the streets – and in the offices and on the internet – and never surrender.

Perth Writers Festival

Don Watson will be highlighting the decline of public language at the Perth Writers Festival on Saturday, 20 February at the University Club Theatre, UWA. 

National Gallery of Australia

On March 2,  Don Watson will join cultural historian Professor Tim Bonyhady and ABC Canberra presenter Genevieve Jacobs at the National Gallery of Australia to discuss artist Tom Roberts' role in shaping our perception of the continent. For further information, contact the NGA.