Fred Smith is one of Australia’s most fascinating artists. He is the subject of the film Bougainville Sky and an ABC TV Australian Story episode about his impact as songwriter and diplomat on Australian stabilisation missions in Afghanistan and the South Pacific. Fred was the first Australian diplomat to be posted to Uruzgan in 2009, and the last to leave in 2013. His job was to comprehend the complex web of tribal and patronage networks that made things tick. He came to see the province through Afghan eyes, as well as those of the soldiers he worked with. He wrote a powerful collection of songs about the realities of life for soldiers and civilians, which became the album, Dust of Uruzgan. His memoir The Dust of Uruzgan is published by Allen & Unwin.