When did you start writing?
At the beginning of the 70s I was painting and yet reading a huge amount of fiction. Somehow as a backthought I wondered if I should write a novel. When I began writing in the mid 70s it seemed that poetry found me instead. It was very disconcerting – what was poetry? Poetry seemed to know the answer and after stalling me in my ignoranace for a year or so it seduced me and I gave in.
Husband-and-wife poets, John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan, have each been shortlisted for the 35th Age Book of the Year awards, which will be presented at the opening of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival on 22 August 2008.
Congratulations to Ambelin Kwaymullina and Sonia Martinez who made the shortlist for the CBCA Crichton Award for New Illustrators. Sonia illustrated The World According to Warren by Craig Silvey and Ambelin illustrated and wrote The Crow and the Waterhole