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Open page with Peter Singer

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Why do you write? Because I have something to say – and not just to one person, but to as many people as I can reach. And when the writing goes well, I enjoy doing it ...

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Open Page with Fiona Wright

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Why do you write? I've realised in recent years that without my writing I don't quite feel like a whole person. It brings me joy – I constantly feel grateful that I'm able to work at something ...

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Open Page with Tom Griffiths

Australian Book Review
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

I'm compelled to do it, as a way of understanding and deepening experience. And (mostly) it's fun!

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

When I invited a novelist to talk to my history students, she told them to stay in bed in the morning and distil the insights of their dreams. I try to use the subconscious creatively by giving mys ...

Open Page with Toni Jordan

Australian Book Review
Tuesday, 26 April 2016

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

At first, I wrote because I could. It was like waking up one morning to find I could play the piano or speak Italian – the action itself was entrancing. Now that I've been at it for a while, I'm full-on addicted.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

Nope. I could sleep for England. You could extend the M1 through my bedroom and I ...

Open Page with George Megalogenis

Australian Book Review
Thursday, 31 March 2016

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

It is the best excuse I've found to play music all day. And to understand my country.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

Not that I recall. I am a very heavy sleeper. But my mind does wander during the day.

WHERE ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

On my bike, on a tennis court, or at a Richmond home game at the MC ...

Open Page with Drusilla Modjeska

Australian Book Review
Friday, 26 February 2016

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

Because otherwise I wouldn't know what I think. Besides, I haven't proved much use at anything else.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

Yes, I sometimes dream such hilarious plots that I wake laughing. But when I try to write them down they have an inconvenient habit of vanishing.

Open Page with Mireille Juchau

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 23 December 2015

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

Randall Jarrell wrote: 'The ways we miss our lives are life'. That's one of the many reasons I write – to account for what goes missing.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

I have a recurring dream about discovering an enticing space in my own home – a basement or garden – always just ...

WHAT DREW YOU TO WRITING?

Some of my earliest memories involve sitting alone or even amongst people, making up stories and reimagining the world around me. I've never stopped doing that, so I guess it was a natural progression.

DID YOU STUDY WRITING? IF SO, WAS IT WORTH IT?

Yes, informally, then at ...

Open Page with Don Watson

Australian Book Review
Monday, 30 November 2015

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

Maybe because I can't dance. Maybe because writing involves the Puritan's requisites of pain, frustration, self-loathing, and (guilty) satisfaction.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

For sure, my dreams seem to be much more vivid than I am – as far as I can recall.

Open Page with Elizabeth Harrower

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 28 October 2015

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

I always felt I had urgent news to deliver. I wanted to do that more than anything else.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

There used to be symbolic and serial dreams. Now they are still interesting.

WHERE ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

Thinking by m ...