Martin Flanagan is a storyteller, journalist, poet, author and public speaker. Described as “a legend of Australian journalism” in TIME magazine in 2003 after his last book, “The Game In Time of War”, he was born in Tasmania in 1955 and graduated in law from the University of Tasmania in 1975. He is the author of eight books including “The Call”, an imaginative re-construction of the life of the founder of Australian football, Tom Wills. A stage adaptation of “The Call” co-written by Flanagan will open at the Playbox Theatre in October. Among his other books, “1970 and Other Stories of the Australian Game”, was listed by the Victorian State Library as being one of the top 150 books since Victoria’s inception. He is currently working on a screenplay for a feature film based on the relationship between Irish poet W.B. Yeats and political activist Maud Gonne. Asked his philosophy to do with newspapers, he quotes the great Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, himself a former reporter, who said, “The medium is an invitation. It is there to be used”. His Saturday sports column, “One of The Crowd”, takes an equally unconventional look at sport and in 2003 it earned Martin the AFL Coaches’ media award for the best sportswriter.