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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.

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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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Open Page with Christine Piper

26 August 2014

Why do you write?

When all the parts of a story successfully converge it is very satisfying, much like solving a maths problem.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I seem to dream more awake than I do asleep. As a child, I often acted out imaginary scenarios, speaking the various par ... More

Open Page with Sophie Cunningham

23 July 2014

Why do you write?

I feel compelled to try and organise my thoughts and the world using words.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Yes.

Where are you happiest?

On a beach; in a forest; walking; on the couch with a cat; sitting readi ... More

Open Page with Paul Carter

29 April 2014

Why do you write?

Goethe said his themes were symbolic: it could have been any subject, but he wanted to write it all the same. Something is missing: I always feel this. Then I see how a pattern can be woven across the abyss.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

What qualifies as dream? I daydream a lot. Mass ... More

Open Page with Linda Jaivin

Linda Jaivin
30 March 2014

Why do you write?

To find expression for my thoughts, stories, and dreams;  to entertain, and sometimes to persuade.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Yes, but I don’t write my dreams down. I let them spa ... More

Open Page with Michael Gow

Michael Gow
27 February 2014

Why do you write?

Virginia Woolf wrote somewhere that the reason she resented death was because it was the one experience she’d never describe. Art gives shape to what’s happened to you, so it is therapy, but therapy plus form and myth and poetry. I like the double pay-off of writing alone, then handing it over to others to fill the images with living bodi ... More

Open Page with Garry Disher

Garry Disher
27 November 2013

Why do you write?

To tell stories. My father didn’t read to us at night, but he did tell his own made-up stories. Crucially for my crime writing, I saw the value of the cliffhanger (‘I’ll finish this tomorrow night, son’).

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I’m sometimes aware of ... More

Open Page with Tim Winton

Tim Winton
31 October 2013

Why do you write?

Because I can, I suppose. I enjoy the mysterious undertow of story, and I love language. Oh, and to pay the rent.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I’m not sure how to measure the vividness of dreams, but they certainly seem lurid enough ... More

Open Page with Sheila Fitzpatrick

30 September 2013

Why do you write?

I like words, though making music is even better. Writing is almost as good as playing the violin.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I don’t know about vivid, but ever since I was an exchange student in Moscow in the 1960s I have had a repetitive dream ab ... More

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