Open Page

Open Page with Chris Masters

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Why do you write?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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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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Open Page with Josephine Wilson

Australian Book Review
Friday, 22 September 2017

Australian Book Review spoke to Josephine Wilson, whose second novel, Extinctions (UWA Publishing, 2016) won the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award after winning the inaugural Dorothy Hewett Award in manuscript form.

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Open Page with Gregory Day

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Why do you write? Because I get enjoyment out of it, and so do other people.

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Open Page with Louis Nowra

Australian Book Review
Sunday, 30 April 2017

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 in bed with my wife, Mandy, and Coco and Basil, our chihuahuas ...

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Open Page with Ashley Hay

Australian Book Review
Thursday, 30 March 2017

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 whom they might make sense.

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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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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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Open Page with Fiona Wright

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Why do you write? I've realised in recent years that without my writing I don't quite feel like a whole person. It brings me joy – I constantly feel grateful that I'm able to work at something ...

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Open Page with Tom Griffiths

Australian Book Review
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

I'm compelled to do it, as a way of understanding and deepening experience. And (mostly) it's fun!

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

When I invited a novelist to talk to my history students, she told them to stay in bed in the morning and distil the insights of their dreams. I try to use the subconscious creatively by giving mys ...

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