Interviews

Felicity Plunkett is Critic of the Month

Australian Book Review
Thursday, 30 March 2017

ABR: Which critics most impress you?

Some of Australia’s best writers are also reviewers. I always enjoy the beautifully crafted and perceptive work of Drusilla Modjeska, Mireille Juchau, James Bradley, Lisa Gorton, and Kerryn Goldsworthy, to name just a few. Anwen Crawford is wonderful on music, Kate Kellaway and a.j. carruthers on poetry.

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Jonathan Galassi is Publisher of the Month

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

What was your pathway to publishing?

After university I knew I didn’t want to do deconstruction; I wanted to be involved with contemporary writing, so I looked for an editorial job and eventually found one, in Boston, which was no longer the Athens of America, in 1973.

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Bronwyn Lea is Poet of the Month

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Which poets have most influenced you? I first fell for the British Romantics: Keats for his sensitivity, and Byron for his humour, both qualities I try to exercise in my own work. Otherwise it’s the Americans of last century: the Moderns, Stevens in particular, and later the West Coast poets. I like to find these poets thinking (and sometimes running) in my poems.

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Open Page with Kim Mahood

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Why do you write? To work out what I think, which requires digging through the received ideas and lazy generalisations that clutter the surface of my mind, and crafting the language ...

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Michael Heyward is Publisher of the Month

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 21 December 2016

What was your pathway to publishing? In 1979, when I was twenty, I took Vincent Buckley’s poetry seminar at Melbourne University. He introduced us to the work ...

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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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Bill Manhire is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review
Friday, 28 October 2016

Which poets have most influenced you? Before I knew about poetry it would have been the Grimms, plus Orson Welles reading ‘The Happy Prince’. Then R.A.K. Mason, Carl ...

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James McNamara is Critic of the Month

Australian Book Review
Monday, 26 September 2016

When did you first write for ABR? I came to ABR as an unpublished writer in 2011 after an invitation to write on Ernest Hemingway. I promptly read all of Hemingway ...

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Sarah Holland-Batt is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review
Monday, 26 September 2016

My first poetic influences were all American, due to the fact that I spent my critical early reading years in the United States. My poetic imagination is steeped in the disjecta membra of ...

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ABR's first US tour is in full swing, and Peter Rose has been to the Metropolitan Opera to interview Stuart Skelton as he prepares to become the first Australian to sing Tristan in the new production of Wagner's masterpiece 'Tristan und Isolde, which opens the 2016/17 Met season on September 26. Skelton talks about Marius Trelinski's new production ...