'There's a lady that's sure
All that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven' – Led Zeppelin.
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He is this year's Ambassador of the Bendigo Writer's Festival.
Recently he wrote and performed a play 'This is Not a Love Song' at Adelaide Fringe.
He has a green card an active imagination, but is he free to leave the country?
He's pimped out his pet dog for cash, played a mandolin for 14 hours straight, tried to break up with cigarettes and travelled across the Nullarbor, performed comedy on Aussie sticky carpet and international stages.
FLEET: 'I'm really not sure, but I love writers – they are very solitary creatures – whereas I love talking to audiences and making people laugh'.
MISTRESS: 'Is there a particular writer you really like?'
FLEET: 'Oh, so many – but Kurt Vonnegut is amazing. I'd read fourteen of his books, and as I was reading his fifteenth book I found out he had died – so I took a month and a half to read the last ten pages of the book. It was hard to let go'.
MISTRESS: 'So you had a relationship with Kurt's characters and stories?'
FLEET: 'I guess I did, and when he died, I grieved'.
Greg Fleet certainly has a colourful history, and if you have read his memoir These Things Happen (2015) then you know his honest, raw, intellectual and self-effacing style of comedy comes from a place of chaos and pain.
MISTRESS: 'Your life is so terrifying – is it all true?'
FLEET: 'Oh yeah, it's all true' Greg says with a quiet chuckle.
MISTRESS: 'Do you think the experience of pain makes great writing?"
FLEET: 'Well I guess it does – look at the songs of Nick Cave and Paul Kelly – amazing storytelling, and from real life experiences'.