Interviews

ABR: Which poets have most influenced you?

You learn very different things from different poets, from formal aspects, some of them minute, to whole revelations about what a poem might be. This is always developing, and influences tend to come in waves or moments, with anthologies and magazines, subcultures ...

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Alan Wearne is Poet of the Month

Wednesday, 09 May 2018

ABR: Which poets have most influenced you?

I work for an outfit called Narrative Verse in English, our company founder being a man called Geoff, Geoff Chaucer. After him it’s up for grabs, though given what I write, Pope, Byron, Browning. Clough, Meredith, Frost, and Kenneth Koch rate very highly ...

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Open Page with Justine Ettler

Australian Book Review
Thursday, 26 April 2018

I’m in a Austen, Brontë, Eliot phase. Probably Elizabeth Gaskell, though, because of North and South (1855): so topical given the way the digital revolution has impoverished so many and enriched so few.

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Pam Brown is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review
Thursday, 26 April 2018

ABR: Which poets have most influenced you? PB: Influence is transient – it changes all the time. I can’t always pinpoint it directly or say which poets might be most influential on my poems. From the mid-1960s I read everything – the French, the Dadaists, the Eastern Europeans, Vladimir Mayakovsky. Gertrude Stein reigned supreme for me ...

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Open Page with Sarah Sentilles

Australian Book Review
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

ABR: Why do you write? SS: I write to make sense of the world – or at least to ask better questions – and because words are powerful, transformative tools that can help bring into being a more just and life-giving world ...

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Publisher of the Month with Nathan Hollier

Australian Book Review
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Mostly I plan to write and then console myself I didn’t have time. Having written the odd thing, I have a greater respect for writing as a craft. As a publisher, I try not to pre-judge works written in modes or from a perspective that I don’t personally favour ...

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Publisher of the Month with Rod Morrison

Australian Book Review
Friday, 23 February 2018

ABR: What qualities do you look for in an author? RM: Imagination, tenacity, intelligence, and a sense of humour.

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Open Page with Chris Masters

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 27 December 2017

I figure that with practice I might improve. Even if I don’t, I will persist. If in an entire book there is one sentence that works, I see it as proof of growth. Sometimes that sentence stares back at me as if it came from somewhere else ...

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ABR Deputy Editor Dilan Gunawardana spoke to Greg Sestero: actor, model, author and co-star of the 'best/worst film ever made', The Room (2003).

His award-winning memoir The Disaster Artist: My life inside The Room, the greatest bad ...

Open Page with Roger McDonald

Australian Book Review
Monday, 30 October 2017

Why do you write? Through a love of words. Are you a vivid dreamer? Awfully, but I was warned early not to put dreams in novels, at least nothing longer than half a line ...

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