Interviews

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

Open Page with Sofie Laguna

29 July 2015

Why do you write?

I write for justice, and for the pleasure that comes from creating music with words.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

I am, especially since having a second baby. He wakes me up all night, so my dreams are brief and intense, between short bursts of s ... More

Open Page with Maxine Beneba Clarke

28 May 2015

Why do you write?

Not to do so would be almost unbearable. Some stories need to be told more widely, and may need to be cloaked in wonder to enable others to tune their ear to them.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

When I wake, I rarely remember anything of my dream-state. Once awake, though, I’m a frant ... More

Future Tense with Ellen van Neerven

27 May 2015

What drew you to writing?

Ellen van Neerven - UQPLike most, reading. I spent a lot of time outdoors as a child, playing sport and wandering through bushland. Mum started worki ... More

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