Page 4 of our interviews

Paul Kelly

by Michael Green, freelance journalist

A few days before I was scheduled to interview Paul Kelly, I happened to be in Newcastle, watching a singer-songwriter night in a quiet bar. A rangy looking man stood up and performed a halting, anguished cover of Kelly’s song ‘How To Make Gravy’. In the lyrics, a man calls his brother from jail, just before Christmas. He passes on his gravy recipe, together with an extra serving of regret. It’s …

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Anna Krien

by Alan Attwood

Anna Krien is a major Australian writer to watch. It’s not just Readings who thinks so - the Melbourne Writers' Festival chose her to help launch this year’s program alongside Frank Moorhouse. Chloe Hooper says her book ‘pulsates with life and truth’. And her writing has featured in Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Essays, Griffith Review, The Monthly and Frankie. Not bad.

Walkley award

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Anjum Hasan

by Prithvi Varatharajan

Indian novelist and editor of the Indian literary magazine The Caravan Anjum Hasan’s first two novels - Lunatic In My Head and Big Girl Now have been published by new Melbourne small press Brass Monkey Books. Prithvi Varatharajan talks to Anjum about the novels for Readings.

Your first novel Lunatic in My Head is set in Shillong, a small city in the North-East of India with an ethnically diver

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Lara Fergus

by Kate Goldsworthy, editorial assistant at Readings Monthly

Lara Fergus – a long-time human rights worker – has created a gripping, powerful and intelligent tale about the exile and survival of twin sisters in My Sister Chaos , published by Spinifex, an award-winning feminist press that always releases challenging, progressive material. Kate Goldsworthy spoke to her for Readings.

You’ve worked overseas with refugee and newly arrived immigrant women, a

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DBC Pierre

by Jo Case, editor of the Readings Monthly newsletter

Jo Case talks to Booker Prize-winning author DBC Pierre about his new novel Lights Out In Wonderland.

You call Lights Out in Wonderland the last of ‘a loose trilogy of fictions’, which began with the Booker Prize-winning Vernon God Little, followed by Ludmila’s Broken English. How is the trilogy linked, and what is this novel’s place in it?

This loose trilogy is a human snapshot of life in the …

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Patrick Holland

by Jo Case, editor of the Readings Monthly newsletter

Jo Case speaks to Queensland writer Patrick Holland about his beautiful and arresting new novel, The Mary Smokes Boys.

The town of Mary Smokes is a key character in the novel – it’s infused with such a rich, evocative sense of place. How important is place to your writing, and to this book in particular?

It’s absolutely essential. Mary Smokes Creek is very real, though it’s 20 kilometres fur…

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Leanne Hall

by Jo Case, editor of the Readings Monthly newsletter

Jo Case interviews Leanne Hall about her Text Prize-winning YA debut *This Is Shyness*

Leanne Hall arrives at the State Library engulfed in a coat and scarf, a lavender beanie over her pixie haircut. Her attention to detail when it comes to costumes – literally following my suggestion that she bring a coat and beanie so we can brave the cold on the pavement tables outside Mr Tulk’s – makes me …

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Fiona Wood

by Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall talks to Melbourne TV writer turned YA novelist Fiona Wood about her debut YA novel Six Impossible Things.

Dan Cereill is a wonderful narrator - funny, wry, sensitive and angsty - how did you get into the head of a teenage boy so effectively?

Dan was tapping at my shoulder when I was supposedly writing something else - a film script. I started writing bits and pieces of him down. He…

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Gregory Day

by Lisa Gorton

For Victorian novelist Gregory Day, his writing is inexorably linked to a sense of place. His three novels - all very different in form - are linked by their characters and setting, the fictional Victorian coastal town of Mangowak. Like the real-life coastal town Day calls his home, along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, Magowak is being transformed by corporate cultural tourism.

In The Grand Hote

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Peter Rose

by Jo Case

Peter Rose is one of Australia’s foremost literary figures – well known in his long-running role as editor of Australian Book Review and as author of the bestselling memoir Rose Boys and Miles Franklin longlisted novel A Case of Knives. Jo Case spoke to him for Readings about his latest novel, a wickedly funny satire set in the literary world, Roddy Parr.

In Roddy Parr, you return to the chara

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