Interviews

Tracy Ryan is Poet of the Month

Monday, 15 December 2014

Which poets have most influenced you?

Shakespeare, Donne, Emily Brontë, Dickinson, Hopkins, Hardy, Rilke, Dylan Thomas, Roethke, Plath, Hughes, Heaney, Judith Wright.

Are poems ‘inspired’ or mainly the work of craft?

Both. Craft alone might produce what is called verse, but without an inspired ...

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 ...

Gig Ryan is Poet of the Month

Monday, 24 November 2014

Which poets have most influenced you?

Many. I admire Jeremy Prynne, Clark Coolidge, Mina Loy, and Lyn Hejinian, but I don’t know whether they have influenced my work. To limit this list in time somewhat: Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Eliot, Auden, Berryman, Ashbery, O’Hara. Among the Australians: Kenneth Slessor, Francis Webb, Michael Dransfield, John Tra ...

Geordie Williamson is Critic of the Month

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

When did you first write for ABR?

It was 2001. A dual review of Malcolm Knox’s début novel, Summerland, and Steven Carroll’s The Art of the Engine Driver. Luckily, I was generous about these relatively unknown authors and their books, since both went on to become ...

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.

Robert Adamson is Poet of the Month

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Which poets have most influenced you?

First encounters sink deep: Shelley, Blake, Hopkins, Yeats. The Revelators in my youth: Rimbaud, Lorca, Hart Crane. The Golden Codgers of middle age: Mallarmé, Emily Dickinson, Lorine Niedecker, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, and David Malouf. Life Support: Wallace Stevens and Thomas Traherne. The D ...

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 ...

Andrew Fuhrmann is Critic of the Month

Andrew Fuhrmann
Monday, 25 August 2014

When did you first write for ABR?

May 2012, when I reviewed Thomas Bernhard’s The Histrionic at the Malthouse.

Which critics most impress you?

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 ...

Jane Sullivan is Critic of the Month

Jane Sullivan
Tuesday, 27 May 2014

When did you first write for ABR?

September 1991.

Which critics most impress you?

As a journalist, I have been constantly thrown in the deep end and expected to review everything from books to shows to films to restaurants. I still admire some classic figures ...