Interviews

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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Open Page with Mireille Juchau

Australian Book Review
23 December 2015

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

Randall Jarrell wrote: 'The ways we miss our lives are life'. That's one of the many reasons I write – to account for what goes missing.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

I have a recurring dream about discovering an enticing space in my own home – a basement or garden – always just ... More

Future Tense with Michelle Michau-Crawford

21 December 2015

WHAT DREW YOU TO WRITING?

Some of my earliest memories involve sitting alone or even amongst people, making up stories and reimagining the world around me. I've never stopped doing that, so I guess it was a natural progression.

DID YOU STUDY WRITING? IF SO, WAS IT WORTH IT?

Yes, informally, then at ... More

Open Page with Don Watson

Australian Book Review
30 November 2015

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

Maybe because I can't dance. Maybe because writing involves the Puritan's requisites of pain, frustration, self-loathing, and (guilty) satisfaction.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

For sure, my dreams seem to be much more vivid than I am – as far as I can recall.

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Open Page with Elizabeth Harrower

Australian Book Review
28 October 2015

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

I always felt I had urgent news to deliver. I wanted to do that more than anything else.

ARE YOU A VIVID DREAMER?

There used to be symbolic and serial dreams. Now they are still interesting.

WHERE ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

Thinking by m ... More

Open Page with Tim Flannery

25 September 2015

Why do you write?

For me, writing is the beginning of so much. It’s how I methodise my thoughts. How I explore issues. My books really are co-explorations with my readers.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Oftentimes yes. My dreams can be repetitive: the same very specific geographies, the same themes. I ... More

Open Page with Charlotte Wood

25 August 2015

Why do you write?

To find out what I think. To understand myself. To forage in the chaos and murkiness of my subconscious, grasp hold of the difficult stuff, drag it into the light, and shape it into something beautiful.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Yes! I have great epic s ... More

Future Tense with Stephanie Bishop

25 August 2015

What drew you to writing?

I can’t remember not writing – it is something I have always done. As a teenager I was strongly encouraged by some wonderful teachers and started to become much more serious about it. I have always felt this need, this pressure, to translate experience into language.More

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