National obsessions: a game of our own

A religion for some, big business for others, what does the future hold for Australian football? Martin Flanagan, sports journalist and writer, and a panel of other good sports kick around a few ideas and report the current score.

Martin Flanagan is a storyteller, sports journalist, poet, author and public speaker. He is the author of eight books, including The call, about Australian football founder Tom Wills, and 1970 and other stories of the Australian game.

Francis Leach is a radio journalist whose career spans music, current affairs, arts and sport. He hosted the highly successful When Saturday comes footy show, and helped launch Foxtel's dedicated AFL channel, Fox Footy.

Amanda Smith is a presenter and producer with ABC Radio National. She created The sports factor for the network in 1995, which celebrated the cultural significance of sport. She is currently presenting The deep end.

Peter Schwab is a legend of the Australian game, a four-time Hawthorn Premiership player and coach of the Hawks from 2000 to 2004. Peter is also an articulate commentator on the game and has written widely about the game he loves.

This event complements Travelling Treasures, a touring exhibition managed by the National Library of Australia in collaboration with the Council of Australian State Libraries (CASL).