Ten Terrifying Questions
1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?
I was born in Gadigal country – the city of Sydney, and spent my childhood in Matraville, where I played street cricket and tennis, and had weekends at the Matraville Skyline drive-in where Mum worked. I went to St Andrew’s primary school with the ‘Pizza Hut Church’ and swam down La Perouse in summer. I went to high school at St Clare’s College in Waverley for secondary and spent summers down Bronte and south Maroubra.
When I was twelve I just wanted to be popular because I felt like a square peg. At eighteen I wanted to be an investigative journalist because I liked the thought of working in the media. At thirty I wanted to be the best writer in any genre possible. I’d already published poetry and satire and was writing my doctoral thesis on literature and publishing.
3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?
At 18 I believed it was possible to have a relationship with someone who had different political beliefs than I. Now I know the reality!
4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?
I can’t say these have influenced my writing, but they do inspire me as writer.
One: Mervyn Bishop’s iconic land rights photograph of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam Pouring Continue reading
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