David Brooks is an award-winning Australian poet, novelist, essayist and short fiction writer. He's also an animal activist, committed vegan and says his latest book of poetry is a way of exposing inherent cruelty and prejudice against animals. He's the recipient of an Australian Council for the Arts fellowship for last year - given to one "outstanding, established" writer. He was Associate Professor of Australian Literature and Director of the graduate writing program at the University of Sydney until 2013 and is Co-editor of the literary journal Southerly. He talks to Kathryn from his farm in the Blue Mountains among rescued animals.