Martin Flanagan (journalist)

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Martin Flanagan
Born Martin Joseph Flanagan
1955 (age 59–60)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation Sportswriter, journalist, columnist
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Tasmania
Relatives Richard Flanagan (brother)

Martin Joseph Flanagan (born 1955 in Launceston, Tasmania) is an Australian journalist who writes a column in the sports section of the Saturday Age newspaper. He also writes opinion pieces, some of which include examinations of Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.[1]

Flanagan has written thirteen books, including The Game in Time of War on Australian rules football. He co-authored The Line with his father, Arch Flanagan, and The Fight with Tom Uren. Flanagan also wrote The Call (1998), an "historical imaginging" into the life of Tom Wills, founder of Australian rules football and captain-coach of the first Aboriginal cricket team. Flanagan portrays Wills as a bridge between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. He adapted the novel into a play in 2004.[2]

His most recent book was Richo, which looked at the life and Australian rules football career of Richmond star (and Tasmanian) Matthew Richardson.[3]

Martin Flanagan is one of six children of Arch Flanagan, a survivor of the Burma Death Railway. He is descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land in the 1840s. He grew up in Tasmania, and now lives in Melbourne, Victoria. One of his three brothers is Tasmanian author, historian and film director Richard Flanagan.[4]



  • Going Away (1993)
  • The Call (1998)


  • Shorts: Poems (1984)


  • Archie's Letter: An ANZAC Story (2012)



  • The Call (2004)


  1. ^ The Age Real Footy, The Age.
  2. ^ Martin Flanagan, The Wheeler Centre.
  3. ^ Flanagan, Martin (20 March 2010). "It's farewell to Richo, the fallible Tiger hero who everyone felt they knew". The Age. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Austlit - Martin Flanagan