Fred Smith is a renowned Australian diplomat, author and songwriter. He has spent the last 20 years working on a variety of pursuits including working on Australian stabilisation missions in Afghanistan and the South Pacific, and touring the US and Australian festival circuit. He worked for two years alongside Australian troops in Uruzgan province and wrote a collection of songs about the realities of life for soldiers and civilians, released on a highly acclaimed album, 'Dust of Uruzgan.' Additionally, he recently wrote a memoir from his experiences in Afghanistan, also titled The Dust of Uruzgan.
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