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Patrick O’Neil

Author, Journalist

Patrick O’Neil is a 31-year-old travel writer, journalist, editor and author. His debut travel memoir, spanning six continents, was published by Penguin in 2009 and reprinted in 2010. In between overseas jaunts, he works editing news and writing headlines for The Age newspaper.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve worked as a waiter, barman, newspaper copyboy, crime and court journalist, political reporter, fashion designer, Christmas decorator and puppeteer. Surviving as a writer requires you to have a few employable skills up your sleeve.

What themes are recurring in your work?

My book covers the hairier times I’ve had on the road, but at the heart of it is an exploration of what drove me to leave the lure of the comfortable for the excitement and endless struggle of the road. And what keeps drawing me back there.

Where have your works been published?

I write regularly for The Age and have been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, The Courier Mail, The Australian, The Hobart Mercury, The Adelaide Advertiser, The Herald Sun, M Magazine and The Daily Telegraph, as well as various literary magazines.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about people being brave enough to live in the way they truly desire. For me that means constantly putting myself in foreign environments and having new experiences, for I find it is what makes me feel most alive. The more I learn about other cultures the more I understand my own. The more I learn about other people, the more I understand myself.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I’ve appeared on Channel 10’s The Morning Show with David and Kim, Triple J breakfast, the Radio National Book show, most state ABC stations, the Steve Price show in Sydney, with Richard Stubbs on ABC Victoria and at many writers’ festivals including the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Airies Inlet, Newcastle and Emerging Writers’ festivals.

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