Interviews

Open page with Peter Singer

Australian Book Review
30 November 2016

Why do you write? Because I have something to say – and not just to one person, but to as many people as I can reach. And when the writing goes well, I enjoy doing it ...

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Episode #7: Peter Rose in conversation with Stuart Skelton

21 September 2016

ABR's first US tour is in full swing, and Peter Rose has been to the Metropolitan Opera to interview Stuart Skelton as he prepares to become the first Australian to sing Tristan in the new production of Wagner's masterpiece 'Tristan und Isolde, which opens the 2016/17 Met season on September 26. Skelton talks about Marius Trelinski's new production ... More

Open Page with Fiona Wright

Australian Book Review
24 August 2016

Why do you write? I've realised in recent years that without my writing I don't quite feel like a whole person. It brings me joy – I constantly feel grateful that I'm able to work at something ...

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Geoff Page is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review
24 August 2016

Which poets have most influenced you? Important early influences included Bruce Dawe, David Campbell, and Judith Wright, along with Americans such as William ...

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Open Page with Tom Griffiths

Australian Book Review
26 July 2016

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

I'm compelled to do it, as a way of understanding and deepening experience. And (mostly) it's fun!

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

When I invited a novelist to talk to my history students, she told them to stay in bed in the morning and distil the insights of their dreams. I try to use the subconscious creatively by giving mys ... More

Future Tense with Debi Hamilton

25 May 2016

Future Tense with Debi Hamilton in the June-July issue of Australian Book Review.

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Open Page with Toni Jordan

Australian Book Review
26 April 2016

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

At first, I wrote because I could. It was like waking up one morning to find I could play the piano or speak Italian – the action itself was entrancing. Now that I've been at it for a while, I'm full-on addicted.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

Nope. I could sleep for England. You could extend the M1 through my bedroom and I ... More

Open Page with George Megalogenis

Australian Book Review
31 March 2016

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

It is the best excuse I've found to play music all day. And to understand my country.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

Not that I recall. I am a very heavy sleeper. But my mind does wander during the day.

WHERE ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

On my bike, on a tennis court, or at a Richmond home game at the MC ... More

Stage Door | Michael Shmith interviews Leo Schofield

Michael Shmith
24 March 2016

In the early 1990s, after Leo Schofield was – not without controversy – appointed the artistic director of the Melbourne Festival, Clive James referred to our own emerging cultural tsar as 'Australia's Diaghilev'. Which, I guess, retrospectively makes Sergei Pavlovich Russia's Schofield.

There is an element of truth in James's witticism, especially these ... More

Open Page with Drusilla Modjeska

Australian Book Review
26 February 2016

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

Because otherwise I wouldn't know what I think. Besides, I haven't proved much use at anything else.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

Yes, I sometimes dream such hilarious plots that I wake laughing. But when I try to write them down they have an inconvenient habit of vanishing.

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