Investigative author Matthew Thompson bound for Readers Festival

UNENDING DRIVE: Matthew Thompson has explored the underbelly of the world for his writing. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
UNENDING DRIVE: Matthew Thompson has explored the underbelly of the world for his writing. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Matthew Thompson has hiked through bamboo forests to meet Filipino guerrillas, fled from the Iranian riot police, had a personal tour of Kosovo from the Serb nationalists, and most recently spent hundreds of hours on the phone to one of Australia’s biggest and most infamous bandits, Christopher ‘Badness’ Binse.

Those experiences would have been enough on their own, but then he turned them into three books since 2008.

After all of that, however, he admits he’s very excited to come to Mudgee for this year’s Writers Festival.

“I’m excited to come see the town, I know a few people from Mudgee like Tom Tiley [ABC presenter], and I’m looking forward to speaking to everyone there,” he said.

First up for Matthew is the Story Club Showcase on Friday when he arrives in town.

“I have done a lot of things, and I have a lot of advice for everyone that wants to come and here me talk, with no filter a lot of the time,” Matthew said.

“I’m not holding back. That’s how I get into my work and my writing and that’s how I approach teaching new and interested writers as well.

“I usually tell prospective non-fiction writers not to study journalism, but instead self-defence and first aid. Then get out there.”

Matthew will be talking adventure and mayhem over the Long, Lazy, Lunch at Blue Wren on Sunday, August 13 from 1pm. The Mudgee Readers’ Festival will run from Friday to Sunday and will be officially opened on Friday at Roth’s Wine Bar. The full program is available at mudgeereaders.com.