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Open Page with Don Watson

Australian Book Review
30 November 2015

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

Maybe because I can't dance. Maybe because writing involves the Puritan's requisites of pain, frustration, self-loathing, and (guilty) satisfaction.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

For sure, my dreams seem to be much more vivid than I am – as far as I can recall.

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Open Page with Elizabeth Harrower

Australian Book Review
28 October 2015

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

I always felt I had urgent news to deliver. I wanted to do that more than anything else.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

There used to be symbolic and serial dreams. Now they are still interesting.

WHERE ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

Thinking by m ... More

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

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