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Open Page with Tim Winton

Tim Winton
Thursday, 31 October 2013

Why do you write?

Because I can, I suppose. I enjoy the mysterious undertow of story, and I love language. Oh, and to pay the rent.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I’m not sure how to measure the vividness of dreams, but they certainly seem lurid enough ...

Open Page with Sheila Fitzpatrick

Monday, 30 September 2013

Why do you write?

I like words, though making music is even better. Writing is almost as good as playing the violin.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I don’t know about vivid, but ever since I was an exchange student in Moscow in the 1960s I have had a repetitive dream ab ...

Open Page with Dennis Altman

Dennis Altman
Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Why do you write?

I think we all write out of a mixture of egoism and a need to work out how we understand the world – ‘writing as therapy’. Luckily, I have only rarely felt the need to write to fulfil the demands of academia, which are producing vast amounts of ‘writing’ that benefits no one and is a strain o ...

Open Page with Kerryn Goldsworthy

Kerryn Goldsworthy
Thursday, 27 June 2013

Why do you write?

Because I’m a compulsive communicator. I also like structure and making things, so making sentences out of words and paragraphs out of sentences seems the obvious way of making sense of the world.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Occasionally ...

Open Page with John Kinsella

John Kinsella
Monday, 27 May 2013

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Open Page with Matthew Condon

Matthew Condon
Saturday, 27 April 2013

Why do you write?

You might have to ask the ten-year-old that I was, drawing cartoon strips or writing short stories, then binding them and putting them up on my shelf so I could easily observe my collected works. Still, very little since (apart from having my own children) has given me such profound satisfaction. Considering writing’s lev ...

Open Page with Marion May Campbell

Marion May Campbell
Monday, 25 March 2013

Why do you write?

For me Genet’s phrase sums it up: to write is to undergo ‘horizontal vertigo’, exhilarating and perilous, to enter language as adventure. With all that slumbering immensity that is etymology, languages are humankind’s great works in progress. To write is to take up this terrifying and beautiful challenge, in which o ...

Open Page with Nicolas Rothwell

Nicolas Rothwell
Thursday, 07 March 2013

Why do you write?

How vast the world’s scale is; what splendour it holds. Is it not our task to respond to it, to answer it, to make designs and patterns of our own? We live so briefly, from one night to another – and, in our life, such light. It passes through us, it gives us the gleam in our words: to write ...

Open Page with Gillian Mears

Monday, 09 July 2012

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 o ...

Open Page with John Tranter

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Why do you write?

When I was young I tried different things: drawing, painting, music, poetry, short stories, journalism, reviewing, but poetry turned out to be what I was best at.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Oh, yes. I always dream in colour, and I can remember how thin ...