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Close to the Subject: Selected Works


This book is a collected works of one of Australia’s most accomplished media personalities. Chronicling his career since 2007, Close to the Subject presents a selection of pieces from Daniel Browning’s stellar career as a journalist, radio broadcaster, critic and interviewer. Alongside conversations with the likes of the late Archie Roach, Doris Pilkington, and Vernon Ah Kee, the book contains a series of critical essays displaying Browning’s talent as an Australian cultural critic and public intellectual. A range of previously unpublished poetry, memoir, art writing and play script is also presented, highlighting his vulnerable and passionate creative side in its own right.


Praise for Close to the Subject: Selected Works

“Browning’s essays are impressionistic.”
Philip Morrissey, Australian Book Review 2023

“Close to the Subject, a collection of essays, attests to the reach of Browning’s interests, supported by his powerful intellect and compassion for our people.”
Tony Birch, The Saturday Paper 2023

“While some essays are several years old, reading them today underscores the importance of First Nations writing that confronts the spectre of the ‘great Australian silence’.”
Tony Birch, The Saturday Paper 2023

“...the pieces in this collection...reveal story telling to be the most expansive, all-embracing of forms.”
The Age, Fiona Capp

“...a masterclass in First Nations creativity, culture and story... a must-read book.”
Larissa Behrendt 

Daniel Browning

Daniel Browning (he/him) is a Bundjalung and Kullilli journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker, sound artist and writer. Currently, he is Editor: Indigenous Radio with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and produces and presents The Art...

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