Interviews

Morag Fraser is Critic of the Month

Australian Book Review

Which critics most impress you? Ones who write memorably, whose language combines critical acuity with verve. I could name many, but Robert Hughes, Peter Porter, Kerryn Goldsworthy, and Br More

Publisher of the Month with Henry Rosenbloom

Australian Book Review

What was your pathway to publishing? I had been a writer and editor at school and university, I’d worked in the Whitlam government, I’d been a freelance journalist, and I was intereste More

Open Page with Louis Nowra

Australian Book Review

Why do you write? If I knew the answer to that I probably wouldn’t write. Are you a vivid dreamer? I know I dream, but all I remember are my nightmares. Where are you happiest? Weekends More

Publisher of the Month with Phillipa McGuinness

Australian Book Review

What was your pathway to publishing? I was about to land a cadetship with The Age, or so I thought. When I missed out, I applied for a job as a publishing assistant with Camb More

Open Page with Ashley Hay

Australian Book Review

Why do you write? It’s a hopeful or optimistic thing, I think, to try to catch bits of life, large or small, and explore them, understand them, then offer them up to readers who might also connect with them or for w More

Paul Hetherington is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review

Which poets have most influenced you? In the 1980s I read Emily Dickinson’s poetry intensively, and I suspect that her superbly compressed work is ingrained within me. In late adolescence I loved the musicality of W More

Felicity Plunkett is Critic of the Month

Australian Book Review

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 More

Jonathan Galassi is Publisher of the Month

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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Open Page with Kim Mahood

Australian Book Review

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

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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