The Old Testament allusion would not have escaped Hyde, growing up as he did in a religious household. You have to include material that might make you feel uncomfortable or ashamed. On reflection I think, early on, the Australian authors I read for many years influenced me a great deal — John Morrison, Katherine Susannah Prichard, Allan Marshall, Colin Johnson — then again I read quite a few American authors like Kurt Vonnegut who I took much from. So that probably drove me on as well. With a bit of luck the story may well become clearer and more urgent as you write.
This was not a case of a young man turning his back completely on his childhood, but of him bringing his family into the fight. Calm in a crisis, Johnston, who died on August 25 aged 93, was a top-notch lawyer. She is an honorary research fellow at Flinders University, where she writes and undertakes research. One is left wondering how much of the book is fictional. Michael also conducts writing workshops for students and teachers across Australia. Writer: Meghann Clark Photographer: Veronica Mellere Meghann: Your memoir All Along the Watchtower is a fantastic read as it is the story of an era consumed by political and social upheaval. All Along the Watchtower is also the title of a protest song by Bob Dylan, written in 1967.
As opposition to the war grew exponentially, tens of thousands of young people took up the fight against it and the social ills of racism, poverty and inequality. In fact medical aid became the club's touchstone of militancy. Meghann: What was the most enjoyable part of the experience? After reading All Along the Watchtower, this observation seems rooted in your history as a political Australian patriot of sorts. Johnston believed legal fees were not relevant to justice and he regularly overlooked sending a bill or would accept a bottle of whisky in lieu of payment. Being a fiction writer I used many narrative devices in my memoir to do so, but there are no lies. She recently co-edited Integrity and Historical Research published by Routledge. Hyde is the author of young adult novels and teaches Children's Literature at Victoria University.
This assessment might serve as a starting point for others to reflect on and reappraise the protest movement in the sixties. Meghann: I believe that all writers include a small portion of their life experience in their work. Hyde does seem to come across as a bit of a 'tankie', though. Meghann: And lastly, off the top of your head, may I ask you for some words of wisdom for the aspiring writers of the world who are struggling to tell their story, or to find a story to tell? Being a fiction writer I used many narrative devices in my memoir to do so, but there are no lies. I attended five schools — we moved around a fair bit due to my father being a Uniting Church minister. He has published both non-fiction and fiction, including novels for young people. This assessment might serve as a starting point for others to reflect on and reappraise the protest movement in the sixties.
Once you feel that you might have found it, you then have to have the courage to love it and develop it. Most of the key characters in the book are recognisable as real historical figures. Now, lecture in Prof Writing at Victoria University. The membership of the Maoists was a closely guarded secret, but its political base was reputed to be the Monash University Labor Club, which the young Hyde had joined in 1967. Hyde's adventures in his early adult years will light a fire inside you and want you to make a difference in any way, shape or form.
Pretty soon you run out of steam. However, a good memoir has to have courage. That changed quite dramatically in the 60s. He sat down with Meghann Clark, to discuss his memoir about Australia in the 60s All Along the Watchtower, and the art of memoir writing. Where did you start your research? What I did not know at the time was that it was indeed a prelude, not only concerning material but also psyching myself into a space where I could handle the larger work of the memoir.
The 'voice' of the first-person narrator is Hyde as he was then, a Monash student and Maoist activist. Despite my criticisms Michael Hyde is to be congratulated for writing this memoir. Michael gives both short and long talks that focus on writing in general, his writing life, and the evolution of his novels. Based on my literary memoir on the sixties in. All Along the Watchtower is an autobiographical memoir covering four years in the life of 'sixties revolutionary' Michael Hyde. In Hyde's account, Price's role throughout has been given to two fictional or composite characters, 'Amy' and 'Bill'. Hey Joe was going to be two novels but worked better as one.
Books - fiction Hyde, M 2010 , All Along the Watchtower, The Vulgar Press, North Carlton, Vic. You have to become very clever at constructing the narrative. Returning to your opening remarks about writers including themselves and their life experiences in their fiction; absolutely true. There appears to be no awareness of the suffering imposed on academics and professional people, or the famine experienced in China as a result of maladministration. Eventually, Hyde was invited to join the Maoists, who were, according to the socialist Mick Armstrong, obsessed with police violence and state oppression. Michael: The smart-arse answer would be finishing it. If this doesn't inspire you then you must have no ambition whatsoever.
Hyde now lectures in writing and literature at Victoria University, Melbourne. You can watch a fan-shot and, sadly, vertical video below. Michael: A bloody perceptive question. Based on my literary memoir on the sixties in. For example, in my memoir the hanging of Ronald Ryan had to be accurate in terms of dates, what he supposedly did, what the government at the time thought about capital punishment, the exact time of the hanging. Trips to the Cultural Revolution in China and to Cambodia to meet the Viet Cong, breaking the law, demonstrations, arrests, living on the run, communal houses, music, drugs and sexual liberation were all part of the rollercoaster of rebellion.
Michael hyde all along the watchtower memoir of a sixties revolutionary the vulgar press melbourne 2010 pp 272 3295 paper all along the watchtower is an autobiographical memoir covering four years in the life of sixties revolutionary michael hyde. All Along the Watchtower is a politically charged recount of an Australia revolutionary during the 60's, and the Vietnamese war. I was determined to tell the truth, warts and all. This was, I hope, far from his intention. As opposition to the war grew exponentially, tens of thousands of young people took up the fight against it and the social ills of racism, poverty and inequality. It is impossible to sense how the various student and radical movements of the time developed because his chronology is so inaccurate.