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Fiona Capp

Fiona Capp

Fiona Capp trained as a journalist before working as a freelance writer and university tutor in English, journalism, and novel writing. She is the author of three works of non-fiction including the award-winning memoir That Oceanic Feeling, and three novels. Her most recent book, My Blood's Country (2010), explores the landscapes which inspired Australian poet Judith Wright.

Fiona Capp reviews 'Gather Your Dreams' by Magda Bozic

May 1985, no. 70 01 May 1985
In her book Gather Your Dreams Magda Bozic, a post-war European immigrant, demonstrates that all migrants have a ‘tale to tell’ about their experiences in coming to terms with their adopted homeland. Hers is not a horrific story of hardship or overt discrimination but an account of day-to-day incidents recalling early feelings of displacement, the gradual settling in over a period of twenty ye ... (read more)

An interview with Les Murray by Fiona Capp

April 1985, no. 69 01 April 1985
Les Murray describes his poetry as ‘a celebration of life; a contemplation of life in ways that interest and delight people and make them reflective’. Poetry, he says, is ‘primarily not to be studied, it is to be read’. Few people could disagree with Murray that the most desirable response to poetry is for it to be read out of love rather than out of a sense of obligation. But inspiring t ... (read more)

Fiona Capp reviews 'Creativity: Psychoanalysis, Surrealism and creative writing' by Kevin Brophy

June 1998, no. 201 01 June 1998
For the eighteen months or so that I taught novel writing a few years back, I was haunted by a remark of Somerset Maugham’s: ‘There are three rules for writing a novel, unfortunately nobody knows what they are.’ In his teasing way, Maugham is suggesting that while the novel has a recognisable form, it cannot – for a multitude of reasons – be reduced to a formula. What escapes definition ... (read more)