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Open Page with Gillian Mears

July–August 2012, no. 343

Open Page with Gillian Mears

July–August 2012, no. 343

Why do you write?

Because of a profound love of language and what was once a near addiction to the thrill of opening a dictionary. I would look up a word, then study all the words and their meanings on that double page. Often I would happen upon a word that would assist the ending of whatever it was I’d been working on.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I used to keep dream notebooks, but now I have more or less abandoned the practice. There is nothing more boring than when a novelist launches into an elaborate description of a character’s dreamlife. After trying ayahuasca brews in Venezuela as a cure for MS, non-stop fluorescent dreams coloured each night for quite some

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