What was your pathway to publishing? I had been a writer and editor at school and university, I’d worked in the Whitlam government, I’d been a freelance journalist, and I was intereste More
Why do you write? If I knew the answer to that I probably wouldn’t write. Are you a vivid dreamer? I know I dream, but all I remember are my nightmares. Where are you happiest? Weekends More
What was your pathway to publishing? I was about to land a cadetship with The Age, or so I thought. When I missed out, I applied for a job as a publishing assistant with Camb More
Why do you write? It’s a hopeful or optimistic thing, I think, to try to catch bits of life, large or small, and explore them, understand them, then offer them up to readers who might also connect with them or for w More
Which poets have most influenced you? In the 1980s I read Emily Dickinson’s poetry intensively, and I suspect that her superbly compressed work is ingrained within me. In late adolescence I loved the musicality of W More
ABR: Which critics most impress you?
Some of Australia’s best writers are also reviewers. I always enjoy the beautifully crafted and perceptive work of Drusilla Modjeska, Mireille Juchau, James Brad More
What was your pathway to publishing?
After university I knew I didn’t want to do deconstruction; I wanted to be involved with contemporary writing, so I looked for an editorial job and eventually found one, in Boston, which was no longer the Athens of America, in 1973.... More
Why do you write? To work out what I think, which requires digging through the received ideas and lazy generalisations that clutter the surface of my mind, and crafting the language ...More
What was your pathway to publishing? In 1979, when I was twenty, I took Vincent Buckley’s poetry seminar at Melbourne University. He introduced us to the work ...More