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Morris West, a “singer of forgotten songs” republished and a conversation revisited.

News today that the back catalogue of one of Australia’s best selling writers, Morris West (26 April 1916 – 9 October 1999) has been reissued by Allen and Unwin. All of his titles were  out of print.  I went to interview him at his home on Sydney’s northern beaches in 1998 (I think) on the […]

The late Helen Dunmore talks with me and Jim Crace on The Writing Life.

English novelist and poet Helen Dunmore has died aged 64. I only met her once for this conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2004. With Birmingham writer Jim Crace  we spoke of their different routines and talismans and attitudes to the blank page in the solitary space of the writer’s room. And rereading […]

Vale John Berger: here’s our conversation on home, looking for refuge and the art of living.

John Berger who died on Monday January 2nd was a novelist, storyteller, poet, screenwriter, and art critic. His 1972 BBC series and book Ways of Seeing made an enormous impact as a reaction to Kenneth Clark’s series on art Civilisation. Ten years ago when he was 80, the book which was the subject of our conversation was Hold […]

Interview: French Writer Marie Darrieussecq

Today I was reminded of this interview with Marie Darrieussecq about her novel Tom is Dead. She is a guest at the forthcoming Sydney Writers  Festival. So following the previous blog post on writing in dark territory, here is another in a similar vein – writing about the death of a child. Here’s a link […]

Writing in Dark Territory: a conversation with Helen Garner and Anne Manne

Here is a video recording of the excellent conversation I moderated with writers Helen Garner and Anne Manne. They  have written on some of the darkest aspects of the human experience: murder, violence against children, and the contemporary culture of narcissism. In conversation with me for La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society program, they discuss why […]

Interview: Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs speaks out

This interview was first published in The Saturday Paper on 23rd April 2016. In an Abbott government attack Gillian Triggs was very publicly upbraided in a senate estimates hearing last year. But despite the battering, the Human Rights Commission president has vowed to stay true to her cause. AAP IMAGE Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian […]

Talking Tolstoy with Jay Parini.

On the road with my Bloodhound, it’s hard to think of anything else. Apart from trying to work out what my next book might be about. Time then to revisit a conversation that’s from my ABC Radio National Book Show from 11th October 2007. What fun. Ramona Koval: Jay Parini’s book The Last Station: A […]