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Read by Greg Page
A professor of 20th-century American history who fought in Vietnam intends to write a book about his experiences. When he finds he is unable to express his feelings, however, a friend who had fallen helps the professor focus his thoughts.[audio:robertmcgowan-billy.mp3|titles=Billy|artists=Robert McGowan]
Robert McGowan served as a pay disbursement specialist with the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, 1968/69. McGowan’s fiction and essays are 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, have been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and have been anthologised. Billy is from his short fiction collection, NAM: Things That Weren’t True and Other Stories, which will be released in late summer of 2011 by Meridian Star Press (UK). McGowan is also the author of the forthcoming story collection, Stories from the Art World (Thumbnail Press, 2011). He lives in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Greg Page trained at Maria Grey College and the City Lit. Previous credits include touring with The London Bubble, Malvolio for TTC, a hired killer and a gay street preacher in independent films; and the voice of a coma victim for BBC radio. He is currently appearing in Much Ado About Nothing at the Globe Theatre, London. He can be contacted through roseberymanagement.com.