A Tribute to Robert McGowan (1947-2012)

This week on Litro Lab we revisit a short story that first appeared on the website in June 2011. Its author, Robert McGowan, sadly passed away last month. Actor Greg Page, a regular voice on Litro Lab, talks about his transatlantic friendship with Robert, and reads Robert’s story “Billy”, about an American history professor struggling to find the words to talk about his own experience in the Vietnam war.

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Robert McGowan served as a pay disbursement specialist with the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, 1968/69. His short fiction and essays have been published in several dozen prominent literary journals in America and abroad, including the Black Herald (France), Chautauqua Literary Journal, Connecticut Review, Etchings (Australia), the Louisiana Review, New Walk Magazine (UK), and South Dakota Review. His work has also been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and anthologised. “Billy” is from his short fiction collection, NAM: Things That Weren’t True and Other Stories, published by Meridian Star Press.

Greg Page is an actor who trained at Maria Grey College and the City Lit. Previous credits include touring with the London Bubble, Malvolio for TTC, appearing as a hired killer and a gay street preacher in independent films, and the voice of a coma victim for BBC radio. He currently appears in Much Ado About Nothing at the Globe Theatre, London. He can be contacted through Rosebery Management.

Emily Cleaver

About Emily Cleaver

Emily Cleaver is Litro's Online Editor. She is passionate about short stories and writes, reads and reviews them. Her own stories have been published in the London Lies anthology from Arachne Press, Paraxis, .Cent, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, One Eye Grey, and Smoke magazines, performed to audiences at Liars League, Stand Up Tragedy, WritLOUD, Tales of the Decongested and Spark London and broadcasted on Resonance FM and Pagan Radio. As a former manager of one of London’s oldest second-hand bookshops, she also blogs about old and obscure books. You can read her tiny true dramas about working in a secondhand bookshop at smallplays.com and see more of her writing at emilycleaver.net.

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