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''Becoming' writing-learning the oath of literary life (and its exceptions).

'When I was about 15 in school at Wollongong Tech I began to think that I would like to 'be a writer'. In particular, to be a short-story writer. When younger I had already been inspired by the magic of the imagination in Alice in Wonderland and during my first years of high school I was a constant reader and read ex-curriculum: O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant, Saki. I suppose Henry Lawson was in the curriculum. I had found my way to Edgar Allan Poe and Jack London. The English teacher encouraged me and I edited the school newspaper and wrote my first fiction for it.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Meanjin vol. 76 no. 1 Autumn 2017 11016729 2017 periodical issue

    'In the summer edition of Meanjin, Miles Franklin award winner Alexis Wright puts a challenging question: who should have the right to tell Aboriginal stories? Guy Rundle considers the Donald Trump victory and the changing state of US politics. Katharine Murphy reflects on the passing tides of parenthood, Tim Dunlop wonders what we’ll all do in a world that has moved beyond work, Arnold Zable looks at the resilient beauty that can come from the depths of evil inhumanity. There’s new memoir from Fiona Wright, fiction from John Kinsella and Beejay Silcox, and a fresh brace of new Australian poetry, including work by Anna Kerdijk Nicholson and Geoff Page. Plus, Commonplace: a new regular column from the legendary John Clarke.' (Publication introduction)

    2017
    pg. 44-61

Works about this Work

Balancing the Books Ben Eltham , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , May 2017;
'On the cover of the latest edition of Meanjin, the mournful head of Frank Moorhouse gazes back at readers. It is a sad and sorry business, his expression seems to say. A grand old man of Australian letters is broke. ‘Is writing a way of life?,’ Moorhouse enquires. I don’t think I’m spoiling it by revealing that for Moorhouse, financially at any rate, writing is not.' (Introduction)
Balancing the Books Ben Eltham , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , May 2017;
'On the cover of the latest edition of Meanjin, the mournful head of Frank Moorhouse gazes back at readers. It is a sad and sorry business, his expression seems to say. A grand old man of Australian letters is broke. ‘Is writing a way of life?,’ Moorhouse enquires. I don’t think I’m spoiling it by revealing that for Moorhouse, financially at any rate, writing is not.' (Introduction)
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