Tom Bamforth is a writer and aid worker who has worked on development and humanitarian programs in Pakistan, Sudan, Philippines, Nepal and the Pacific. His writing has appeared in Granta, Griffith Review and The Age.
He is the author of Deep Field: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Aid Relief.
“He’s also one hell of a storyteller and wordsmith: astute, descriptive, ironic, funny and philosophical. As Australian argue over the reductive logic of ‘Stopping the Boats’, Bamforth illuminates the intricacies and entanglements of history, politics and self-interest and introduces us to the eccentrics who keep ploughing through it all for a better world. Verdict: Astonishing"
“It reads as if Don Delillo had been sent to Darfur”
John Freeman, Granta
Word of the day: "marcescence" - in trees & plants, the 'holding-on' of dead leaves through the winter months (noticeable especially in beech & oak). A "marcescent" leaf - or, figuratively, person - is one that has withered but not fallen (Latin marcescere, to wither, languish).
Just appalling to hear that Australia will line up with Trump and Orban in rejecting the Global Compact on Migration, and turning our backs on the world’s most vulnerable. We are better than this - capable of leadership, of supporting hope over fear.
“Stop Labor’s changes to scrap imputation dividend refunds” is a tricky lyric for a protest song
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Word of the day: “DERP” - in urban exploration, slang/acronym for ‘Derelict & Ruined Places’; disused sites in the built environment or modified landscape which carry coded memory-traces and the (problematic) pathos of abandonment.