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Mike Carlton in conversation with David Margan at the Brisbane Powerhouse

Photo credit: © Carol Gibbons


Mike Carlton in conversation with David Margan at the Brisbane Powerhouse

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7:00pm, 3rd November 2018


Brisbane Powerhouse View map

119 Lamington Street, New Farm, QLD 4005


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On Air is Mike Carlton’s story, no holds barred.

Mike Carlton was born to controversy. His father Jimmy, a renowned Olympic athlete and later a Catholic priest, married his mother after a whirlwind wartime courtship. This scandal was hushed up at first, but eventually it made headlines. Six years later, Jimmy Carlton died in his wife’s arms, felled by asthma.

It was a tough beginning. Mike would have a Sydney suburban childhood where every penny counted. Unable to afford a university education, he left school at sixteen to begin a life in journalism that would propel him to the top, as one of Australia’s best-known media figures. In an often turbulent career of more than fifty years he has been a war correspondent, political reporter, a TV news and current affairs reporter, an award-winning radio presenter in both Sydney and London, an outspoken newspaper columnist and a biting satirist. In later life he realised a lifelong ambition — to write three bestselling books of Australian naval history.

On Air is his story, no holds barred. With characteristic humour and flair, Mike tells of the feuds and the friendships, the fun and the follies, writing candidly of the extraordinary parade of characters and events he has encountered in the unique life he has led.


On Air
On Air is Mike Carlton's story, no holds barred.
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