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Future Tense with Stephanie Bishop

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

What drew you to writing?

I can’t remember not writing – it is something I have always done. As a teenager I was strongly encouraged by some wonderful teachers and started to become much more serious about it. I have always felt this need, this pressure, to translate experience into language.

Open Page with Sofie Laguna

Wednesday, 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 ...

Open Page with Maxine Beneba Clarke

Thursday, 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 ...

Future Tense with Ellen van Neerven

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

What drew you to writing?

Ellen van Neerven - UQPLike most, reading. I spent a lot of time outdoors as a child, playing sport and wandering through bushland. Mum started worki ...

Open Page with Alex Miller

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Why do you write?

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

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Open Page with Thomas Keneally

Wednesday, 20 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 ...

Open Page with Kate Grenville

Friday, 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 ...

Open Page with Fiona McFarlane

Monday, 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 ...

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 ...

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.

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