Melbourne born Desmond O’Grady has lived in Italy for decades where he worked as the Rome correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. His many books include   Dinny Going Down and his most recent A Word in Edgeways which records his experiences over decades among some of the great literati – close encounters with writers such as Saul Bellow, Tennessee Williams, Shirley Hazzard, Jorge Luis Borges, Tobias Wolf, Doris Lessing and Niccolò Ammaniti, filmmaker Sergio Leone, photographer Oliviero Toscani and painter Jeffrey Smart. On a visit to Sydney on Tuesday 25 May 2010, Desmond O’Grady  addressed The Sydney Institute to talk about his new book.

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