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Open Page with Tim Flannery

25 September 2015

Why do you write?

For me, writing is the beginning of so much. It’s how I methodise my thoughts. How I explore issues. My books really are co-explorations with my readers.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Oftentimes yes. My dreams can be repetitive: the same very specific geographies, the same themes. I ... More

Open Page with Charlotte Wood

25 August 2015

Why do you write?

To find out what I think. To understand myself. To forage in the chaos and murkiness of my subconscious, grasp hold of the difficult stuff, drag it into the light, and shape it into something beautiful.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Yes! I have great epic s ... More

Open Page with Sofie Laguna

29 July 2015

Why do you write?

I write for justice, and for the pleasure that comes from creating music with words.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I am, especially since having a second baby. He wakes me up all night, so my dreams are brief and intense, between short bursts of s ... More

Open Page with Maxine Beneba Clarke

28 May 2015

Why do you write?

Not to do so would be almost unbearable. Some stories need to be told more widely, and may need to be cloaked in wonder to enable others to tune their ear to them.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

When I wake, I rarely remember anything of my dream-state. Once awake, though, I’m a frant ... More

Open Page with Alex Miller

20 May 2015

Why do you write?

Writing interests me as nothing else does. It keeps me more or less sane until lunchtime.

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Open Page with Thomas Keneally

29 May 2015

Why do you write?

It is often a transcendent experience of the kind all humans seek. Suffering is just part of the equation, but so is the intoxicatingly joyous feeling at the end of a day’s writing.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Some n ... More

Open Page with Kate Grenville

27 March 2015

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

When there’s something I don’t understand. Telling a story about it seems the only way I can think my way into it.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

Only the nightmares.

WHERE ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

Anywhere with lots of trees. Water is a ... More

Open Page with Fiona McFarlane

15 December 2014

Why do you write?

Because I always have. I seem to have had no choice in the matter, for which I’m usually grateful.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I am, and I remember my dreams, although I’ve never written about them. They’re usually transparent variations on the same anxious themes, but eve ... More

Open Page with Robert Dessaix

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 ... More

Open Page with Peter Carey

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.

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