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Open Page with Kate Grenville

Friday, 27 March 2015

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

When there’s something I don’t understand. Telling a story about it seems the only way I can think my way into it.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

Only the nightmares.

WHERE ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

Anywhere with lots of trees. Water is a ...

Open Page with Fiona McFarlane

Monday, 15 December 2014

Why do you write?

Because I always have. I seem to have had no choice in the matter, for which I’m usually grateful.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I am, and I remember my dreams, although I’ve never written about them. They’re usually transparent variations on the same anxious themes, but eve ...

Open Page with Robert Dessaix

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Why do you write?

Because it’s magic – it turns the frog of life into a prince. (Or is it the other way round?) And it is, as Wilde once said of smoking, so exquisitely unsatisfying. Actually, the real reason I write is that talking, either aloud or on paper, is the only thing I’m good at.

Are you a vivid dr ...

Open Page with Peter Carey

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

What is your favourite music?

Once again I am pleading 'no favourites', although I am always moved and astonished by Gavin Bryars’s 'Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet'. No, I’m not a Christian. Also, generally speaking, I am forbidden to sing.

Open Page with Christine Piper

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Why do you write?

When all the parts of a story successfully converge it is very satisfying, much like solving a maths problem.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I seem to dream more awake than I do asleep. As a child, I often acted out imaginary scenarios, speaking the various par ...

Open Page with Sophie Cunningham

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Why do you write?

I feel compelled to try and organise my thoughts and the world using words.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Yes.

Where are you happiest?

On a beach; in a forest; walking; on the couch with a cat; sitting readi ...

Open Page with Paul Carter

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Why do you write?

Goethe said his themes were symbolic: it could have been any subject, but he wanted to write it all the same. Something is missing: I always feel this. Then I see how a pattern can be woven across the abyss.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

What qualifies as dream? I daydream a lot. Mass ...

Open Page with Linda Jaivin

Linda Jaivin
Sunday, 30 March 2014

Why do you write?

To find expression for my thoughts, stories, and dreams;  to entertain, and sometimes to persuade.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Yes, but I don’t write my dreams down. I let them spa ...

Open Page with Michael Gow

Michael Gow
Thursday, 27 February 2014

Why do you write?

Virginia Woolf wrote somewhere that the reason she resented death was because it was the one experience she’d never describe. Art gives shape to what’s happened to you, so it is therapy, but therapy plus form and myth and poetry. I like the double pay-off of writing alone, then handing it over to others to fill the images with living bodi ...

Open Page with Garry Disher

Garry Disher
Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Why do you write?

To tell stories. My father didn’t read to us at night, but he did tell his own made-up stories. Crucially for my crime writing, I saw the value of the cliffhanger (‘I’ll finish this tomorrow night, son’).

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I’m sometimes aware of ...