Rick Morton to speak at Shepparton Library

By Tara Whitsed

Violence, treachery and cruelty ran through the generational veins of Rick Morton’s family.

The award-winning journalist and social affairs writer for The Australian grew up on a 1000sqkm cattle station in outback Queensland.

As a seven-year-old Mr Morton witnessed a horrific accident on the remote farm that thrust him, his mother and his siblings into a life of poverty where they encountered drug addiction.

Mr Morton will speak about his story, told in his new memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt, at the Shepparton Library this month.

It’s the universal story of the outsider, an unflinching memoir in which the mother is the unrewarded hero, and a testament to the strength of familial love and endurance.

Mr Morton said he felt the need to write his book as he saw the trajectory of people from poor homes and broken families, those who encountered drug abuse, mental illnesses, violence and heartache, as being largely invisible.

Few voices make it out to command attention and tell the tale.

One Hundred Years of Dirt contains a real story about hard people in a violent place, the degradations of financial and cultural poverty and the redeeming power of love.

Rick Morton will speak at Shepparton Library, 41 Marungi St, on Wednesday, August 22, at 7pm. To book, phone 1300374765 or email shepparton@gvrlc.vic. gov.au by Monday, August 20.