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Open Page with Dennis Altman

Dennis Altman
27 August 2013

Why do you write?

I think we all write out of a mixture of egoism and a need to work out how we understand the world – ‘writing as therapy’. Luckily, I have only rarely felt the need to write to fulfil the demands of academia, which are producing vast amounts of ‘writing’ that benefits no one and is a strain o ... More

Open Page with Kerryn Goldsworthy

Kerryn Goldsworthy
27 June 2013

Why do you write?

Because I’m a compulsive communicator. I also like structure and making things, so making sentences out of words and paragraphs out of sentences seems the obvious way of making sense of the world.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Occasionally ... More

Open Page with John Kinsella

John Kinsella
27 May 2013

Why do you write?

Writing can bring change. I think of myself as an activist writer. I try to act as witness, and convey and interpret what I see.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I used to be able to control my dreams to a fair extent (at least the ones I could later recall). I could also adju ... More

Open Page with Matthew Condon

Matthew Condon
27 April 2013

Why do you write?

You might have to ask the ten-year-old that I was, drawing cartoon strips or writing short stories, then binding them and putting them up on my shelf so I could easily observe my collected works. Still, very little since (apart from having my own children) has given me such profound satisfaction. Considering writing’s lev ... More

Open Page with Marion May Campbell

Marion May Campbell
25 March 2013

Why do you write?

For me Genet’s phrase sums it up: to write is to undergo ‘horizontal vertigo’, exhilarating and perilous, to enter language as adventure. With all that slumbering immensity that is etymology, languages are humankind’s great works in progress. To write is to take up this terrifying and beautiful challenge, in which o ... More

Open Page with Nicolas Rothwell

Nicolas Rothwell
07 March 2013

Why do you write?

How vast the world’s scale is; what splendour it holds. Is it not our task to respond to it, to answer it, to make designs and patterns of our own? We live so briefly, from one night to another – and, in our life, such light. It passes through us, it gives us the gleam in our words: to write ... More

Open Page with Gillian Mears

09 July 2012

Why do you write?

Because of a profound love of language and what was once a near addiction to the thrill of opening a dictionary. I would look up a word, then study all the words and their meanings on that double page. Often I would happen upon a word that would assist the ending of whatever it was I’d been working o ... More

Open Page with John Tranter

22 May 2012

Why do you write?

When I was young I tried different things: drawing, painting, music, poetry, short stories, journalism, reviewing, but poetry turned out to be what I was best at.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Oh, yes. I always dream in colour, and I can remember how thin ... More

Open Page with Tony Birch

Tony Birch
23 April 2012

Why do you write?

Tony Birch monoI become preoccupied with images and memory pictures. Eventually, if they hang around long enough, these images become the cornerstone of a short story or a scene in a novel. If I did not write, I w ... More

Open Page with Brenda Niall

20 March 2012

Why do you write?

Writing has always seemed an easy, natural thing to do. But it was a long time before I thought of myself as a writer rather than an academic.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I don’t think so. I hardly ever remember any of my dreams, so I suspect they are ... More

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