'Australian poet John Forbes died in January last year, aged 47. Since then, there has been an upsurge of attention to his poetry. Forbes wrote poems about world politics, history, art, the media, the military, and also ironic, somehow despairing love poetry. His style was intellectual, laconic and consciously Australian.
'Forbes was also a tireless critic and influencer of poets around him. In this feature, young Melbourne producer Clea Woods recorded telephone conversations with more than 30 people who knew John Forbes, to create a composite picture of the man and his poetry. The program also contains archival recordings of Forbes reading his poems.' (Source: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/poetica/september-1999/3558128 )