Topic archives: interview

Black Postcards: Kent MacCarter interviews Dean Wareham (part two)

Black Postcards: Kent MacCarter interviews Dean Wareham (part two)

October 11, 2011 2

Part one of this interview can be found here. How do you feel about TS Eliot’s (in)famous quip, ‘Good poets borrow, great poets steal’? I was having a hard time figuring out what TS Eliot meant here – what’s the difference between borrowing and stealing in poetry? So I Googled that phrase (the internet is […]

Black Postcards: Kent MacCarter interviews Dean Wareham (part one)

Black Postcards: Kent MacCarter interviews Dean Wareham (part one)

October 10, 2011 4

By Kent MacCarter Dean Wareham – musician, author, actor and a co-inventor of the ‘shoegaze’ aesthetic – is coming home to Australia. Sort of. This month, he, his partner Britta Phillips, and band will be touring Australia and New Zealand playing entire sets from seminal rock band, Galaxie 500, 19 years after their demise and […]

Meeting Alex Miller part one: on the origins of a contemporary story

Meeting Alex Miller part one: on the origins of a contemporary story

December 1, 2009 5

Recently I interviewed Alex Miller about his new novel Lovesong  (Aus, US) for Readings Monthly. As many of you know, Miller is not only one of Australia’s finest authors, but he’s one of my personal favourites, so I took this wonderful opportunity to extend my conversation with him to his other works, as well as writing and life […]

This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on <i>Smoke in the Room</i>, part one

This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on Smoke in the Room, part one

November 3, 2009 4

In Smoke in the Room (Aus), three characters end up in a share house in Sydney. Katie works on instinct and is weighted by an overwhelming empathy. Adam, an American, is grieving and needs to save money to get home. Graeme, an aid worker, has rid himself of possessions and simplified his existence. In this […]

‘Discomfort is sometimes what is most precious to me about great art’ – Christos Tsiolkas on <i>The Slap</i>

‘Discomfort is sometimes what is most precious to me about great art’ – Christos Tsiolkas on The Slap

January 29, 2009 13

Note: This review/interview is uncensored and contains swearing. The Slap (Aus, US) is a novel that grabs you by your tender spots, squeezes, and doesn’t let go. It’s yelling, not at you, but in general frustration, at the edge of a cliff, at the end of the world. The end of the world might be […]

I’d Like to Introduce You to Two of My Favourite Poets

I’d Like to Introduce You to Two of My Favourite Poets

January 19, 2009 6

Sean M Whelan’s and Nathan Curnow’s poems are very different in both style and theme, but come from much the same place. Nathan captures the poignancy of childhood and the wonderment of parenthood, nostalgia and love in his chapbook No Other Life But This through tiny observations – an arm through a sleeve, a question, a coffee […]

Matilda‘s Australian Litblog Snapshots

December 11, 2008

Established Australian litblog Matilda is doing a series of snapshots on Australian literary bloggers. Number seven was little ol’ me. Check out the interview. And be sure to scroll down the main blog page to check out the others. Perry Middlemiss has also just announced the death of Dorothy Porter, very sad news.

Walking <i>The White Road</i> with Tania Hershman – Salt Publishing virtual book tour

Walking The White Road with Tania Hershman – Salt Publishing virtual book tour

November 5, 2008 3

9781844714759, Salt Publishing, 2008 (Aus, US/Kindle) Tania Hershman takes you on a series of short imaginative adventures in The White Road. Some stories are casual, tough, or laid-back, many are poetic. There are backwards unravellings, fantastical flights, speculated inventions, surprises, cleverness, humour, and scorn. The snapshots vary in tone, and explore possibilities – scientific, technological, emotional. […]

‘I Wanted to Talk About Being Completely Screwed Over by the Corporate Machine With a Smile on My Face’ – William Kostakis on <i>Loathing Lola</i>

‘I Wanted to Talk About Being Completely Screwed Over by the Corporate Machine With a Smile on My Face’ – William Kostakis on Loathing Lola

October 7, 2008 4

Loathing Lola, William Kostakis, Pan Macmillan, 2008, Australia, 9780330424165 You rewrote the whole book to be in first person (no mean feat!), in Courtney’s point of view. How did you come to this decision? Okay, so originally, Loathing Lola was in the third person, with three leads, Courtney, Tim and Katie. Well, four leads, if you included […]

An Extraordinary Life – Interview with Jim Sharman on Blood & Tinsel

August 9, 2008 2

Blood & Tinsel, Jim Sharman, August 2008, HB (Australia) Miegunyah Press, 9780522853773 (Aus, US) This interview was first published in the June 2008 issue of BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER magazine (c) 2008 Thorpe-Bowker (a division of RR Bowker LLC). A doctor said to your parents when you were a child that you have the makings of a philosopher. […]

Dana Spiotta – Interview

July 6, 2008 3

See my review of Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta, Picador, 2008, 9780330448291 (Aus, US)   What was the initial inspiration for Eat the Document?   I met Alger Hiss’ widow, Isabel Johnson. And I wondered about her marriage. If you were a spy, would you tell your wife? What would it be like to have […]

Punk Romance and Time Travel – an interview with Audrey Niffenegger

January 15, 2008 5

  The Time Traveler’s Wife is a highly absorbing read with quirk, warmth and genuine romance. It follows the connecting stories of Henry, who suffers from spontaneous time travel, and Clare, his destined partner. LiteraryMinded caught up with Audrey Niffenegger somewhere in time and space to ask her a few questions about the novel…   The […]

Matthew Condon – Interview

October 13, 2007 1

First published in the October 2007 issue of BOOKSELLER + PUBLISHER magazine (c) 2007 Thorpe-Bowker (a division of RR Bowker LLC) http://www.bookseller+publisher.com.au/ The Trout Opera sprang from an encounter with a Dalgety local, stories of the place, and much research. What were you most inspired by when you first visited the place? I hadn’t been […]

Dark Roots – an interview with Cate Kennedy

August 24, 2007

This interview is now to be published in Southerly Vol. 68, No. 3. I am temporarily removing it from the blog as I highly encourage you to purchase a copy of this respected literary journal (Australia’s oldest), and support small press and Australian literature. This issue will be celebrating the short fiction genre. It’ll be […]

In Good Company – Interview with David Kowalski

July 22, 2007 1

First published in the July 2007 issue of BOOKSELLER + PUBLISHER magazine (c) 2007 Thorpe-Bowker (a division of RR Bowker LLC) http://www.bookseller+publisher.com.au/ What inspired the idea that changing the fate of the Titanic could change the course of the Twentieth Century?   Rightly or wrongly, the fate of the Titanic has been linked with the […]

Compulsive Imaginings – Introducing Australian Poets Jill Jones, David Prater and Paul Hardacre

July 20, 2007

The UK Poetry website Metaroar has posted my interview with three great contemporary Australian poets – have a read: Compulsive Imaginings

Tabitha Suzuma – Interview

July 10, 2007

I recently reviewed Tabitha Suzuma’s young adult novel A Note of Madness for the journal Viewpoint. I thought I would ask Tabitha a few questions about the themes of depression in the novel and her own journey as a writer. Enjoy.   What inspired you to make the characters music students in A Note of […]