On the Couch with Matt Golding

Matt Golding Behind the LinesWho is Matt Golding?
Cartoonist for The Age newspaper in Melbourne, husband, dad and lover of magpie warbles

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d learn how to let loose on a hammond organ and master the art of watercolours.

Who inspires you and why?
I’m inspired by creative types. Anyone who performs the magical art of creating something from nothing, and who sees the world around them in a unique and original way has my full attention and admiration.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Listen more. It’s a good starting place.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Lake Como. There’s a deli van that drives around to the small little villages, opens its shutters, and the locals flock in to purchase some of the most amazing produce. We in Australia have Mr Whippy.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Bushrangers Bay walking track, Cape Schanck. It’s an amazing stroll down to Bass Strait through tea tree tunnels and mobs of kangaroos.

What are you currently reading?
The same sentence, over and over again. Love kids, but lots of interruptions.

What are you currently listening to?
Ray Charles – The Atlantic Studio albums.

Happiness is?
A free-range dopamine farm with the occasional fox.

What does the future hold for you?
That depends on what the future holds for journalism and newspapers? Ideally, exploring the art of cartooning for as long as possible, while enjoying family, friends and an espresso coffee.

Named 2018 Political Cartoonist of the Year, Matt’s work can be seen in Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2018 – currently on display at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres until 21 February 2019. For more information, visit: www.riversideparramatta.com.au or www.moadoph.gov.au for details.

Image: Matt Golding (supplied)