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Paul Kelly
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Paul Kelly was born in Adelaide, one of nine children, in 1955. He wrote his first song in 1976 and has been making records since 1978, over thirty to date. He has collaborated with many other songwriters and written music for film and theatre.
His prose has appeared in Meanjin, The Monthly, Rolling Stone and The Age, and in 2010 he published a ‘mongrel memoir’, How to Make Gravy. His most recent studio album is Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train, released in 2021.

Books by Paul Kelly

Love is Strong as Death

A collection of more than 300 of Paul Kelly's favourite poems.

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How to Make Gravy

A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter.

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