'I’ve prepared and delivered this sort of address once before. That was in September 2001, at a conference similar to this in Newcastle, New South Wales. At that time, no book of mine had been published during the previous six years; nor had I written or planned during those years anything that might have gone towards any sort of book. During those six years, the time that I might otherwise have given to writing for publication I had used for adding to my archives. None of the matters mentioned in the previous two sentences was mentioned in my address to the scholars at Newcastle.' (Introduction)
Editor's note: This paper was first delivered on 7 December 2017 at Another World In This One, a one-day conference devoted to the fiction of Gerald Murnane, part of the ARC-funded Other Worlds project.