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Open Page with Peter Conrad

25 February 2012

Why do you write?

It’s the one thing I know how to do. I could never catch a ball when I was a kid, couldn’t balance on a bike, can’t drive a car – not to mention other inadequacies. It’s a relief to think that I have one area of competence, relatively ... More

Open Page with Frank Moorhouse

25 November 2011

Why do you write?

Storytelling in all its forms is one way of having something curious, strange, and comforting to say to others and ourselves when we are faced with the malaise of the real.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Yes, hugely. But I no longer have much of a theory of dream interpretation. I do kn ... More

Open Page with Anna Funder

27 September 2011

Why do you write?

I write to understand the world, and also to find out what I think. When I look at something very closely (whatever it is: fruit bats or space travel or a particular situation), it seems to expand; to contain allusive meanings I wouldn’t see if I weren’t writing about it. My books are also about honouring otherwise forgotten peo ... More

Open Page with Steven Carroll

23 August 2011

Why do you write?

I’m actually answering this question last because it’s had me stumped for days. The most important reason I can come up with is, because it’s fun. When I wrote The Art of the Engine Driver, I wanted it to have some of the compression and charge of a great pop song – like Please Please Me.Writing should feel ... More

Open Page with Delia Falconer

29 June 2011

Why do you write?

I wish I knew. Living life in only one dimension, without having another world or set of characters to visit, doesn’t seem enough. I’m always happier when I’m writing, and not so easy to live with when I’m not.

Are you a vivid dreamer?
... More

Open Page with Rodney Hall

24 May 2011

Why do you write?

I write for a reader, any reader – just one – who is willing to participate on a creative level in the experience of my book. I do not plan my novels, and I think if I ever did I would lose interest in finishing them. Nor do I ever alter the order in which the narrative unfolds. Otherwise, how would I keep track of what my reade ... More

Open Page with Hazel Rowley

04 May 2011

Why do you write?

It’s a thrill to build up a story and to inhabit characters. I’m alone and not alone – in touch with layers of life I’m not able to savour when I’m living it.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

No. I’m a vivid waker. Christina Stead called ... More

Open Page with Geraldine Brooks

20 April 2011

Why do you write?

Because I like to eat.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

During the day. I love reverie. It’s underrated. As T.E. Lawrence put it: ‘The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream, to make it possible. This I di ... More

Open Page with Gail Jones

11 April 2011

Why do you write?

To find cogency, peace, quiet, and joy; to practise radical attention to the world, to be an activist through words, and to forge solidarity through imagination.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Copiously, hyperbo ... More

Open Page with Judith Beveridge

26 March 2011

Why do you write?

I feel deeply alive when I am being creative, despite the frustrations. I love the challenge of trying to find the right words and turning language into song.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Some of my dream landscapes have been both the most exquisitely beautiful and the most terrifying ... More

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