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1 Tracking Time Geordie Williamson , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , March no. 153 2019; (p. 62-64)

— Review of A Season on Earth Gerald Murnane , 2019 single work novel

'“Creating" wrote Albert Camus, “is living doubly.” He was thinking about Proust when he wrote those words - the Frenchman’s assiduous assembling of the living details of his world. The carpets, the flowers, the wallpaper patterns, the dresses, the table settings, the jewellery and walking sticks, the teacakes and bed blankets: the sheer clutter of stuff in space and time. His imagination was like some nightmare from which Marie Kondo wakes screaming.' (Introduction)

1 Kate Legge Kindred : A Cradle Mountain Love Story Geordie Williamson , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 23 March 2019;

— Review of Kindred : A Cradle Mountain Love Story Kate Legge , 2019 single work biography

'It is the photographs scattered through the text of Kindred that grab our attention first. Two pairs of battered boots in close-up, hanging on a nail. A rudimentary bush campsite where a couple of thin ropes are tied between two trees and draped with canvas. The corpse of a wombat, strung up to be butchered. Men in puttees and a woman in full Edwardian dress, posed in an alpine heath. And panoramas of gorges, crevasses and mountain peaks in which gums twist out of boulder cracks and human figures are registered as ants with walking sticks.' (Introduction)

1 Editorial Geordie Williamson , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Island , no. 153 2018; (p. 6-7)

'Years ago, during another hie as a dealer in rare hooks and manuscripts, I bought a copy of a Beckett play at auction. It was the ugliest book that has ever passed through my hands: a paperback, seventeenth edition, covers torn, pages crumpled and scribbled over. Its busted spine was brutally reinforced with silver duct tape. And yet this book was special. It was the prompt copy of the San Quentin Players' performance of Samuel Beckett's Endgame, which took place in the old gallows room of the infamous jail.'  (Introduction)

1 Raucous Choir of One Man’s Selves Geordie Williamson , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3 February 2018; (p. 20)

— Review of Tracker Alexis Wright , 2017 single work biography

'Leigh Bruce “Tracker” Tilmouth was one of those figures so larger-than-life that only the vast spaces of the Top End could contain him. His early story was drearily, tragically, common for its era. It should have done him in — left him broken in spirit or else killed him, just as it killed many of his generation — but he exceeded his circumstances and used them as rocket fuel, powering a can-do activism that was equal parts bush politics and serial entrepreneurship.' (Introduction)

1 The Ghost of Creativity Spurned Geordie Williamson , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 138 2017; (p. 54-57)

'No one has written better than Henry James about the vocation o: writing, its isolate ecstasies and public humiliations, and the implacable demands it places upon those who devote their lives to its practice. Take the 1888 novella The Lesson of the Master, in which a tyro scribe enters the circle o: Henry St George, a literary eminence now past his prime. In a series of conversations, the senior writer tutors the junior in the inescapable trade-off literature will require of him. It seems he must choose between the lone.y perfection of art and the disabling entanglements of marriage and children.' (Introduction)

1 Critically Aware Geordie Williamson , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25 November 2017; (p. 16)

— Review of Simon Leys : Navigator between Worlds Philippe Paquet , 2016 single work biography

'In 1953 when Pierre Ryckmans, better known to the literary world under his pen name Simon Leys, was 18, he crewed for a time on a fishing trawler in Icelandic waters. Soon afterwards he undertook a solo trip by foot through remote villages in the Congo. Between university studies in art history, philosophy and law in Belgium, he travelled to China and met Zhou Enlai, first premier of the People’s Republic of China.' (Introduction)

1 Carey Charts a Different Voyage Geordie Williamson , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 November 2017; (p. 22)

'In the European imagination, Australia was on the map long before it was a geographic reality. Terra Australis Incognita was the imagined counterweight to the northern hemisphere landmasses, a grey plate plonked at the bottom of cartographers’ efforts centuries before Dirk Hartog nailed his up at Shark Bay. Even when Europeans arrived in Australia, they acceded to this prefabricated idea: superimposing imported place names and laying down arbitrary internal borders, ruler-straight for thousands of kilometres, over an immemorial atlas created by 500 clan groups or “nations”, whose traditional lands were delineated by boundaries that had nothing to do with bureaucratic fiat.' (Introduction)

1 Inventing Faust : Alex Miller's Autobiographical New Novel Geordie Williamson , 2017 single work single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 396 2017; (p. 23-24)

— Review of The Passage of Love Alex Miller , 2017 single work novel

'Every author has some version of origin story: a narrative describing what it was that first compelled him or her to write, or at least what attracted them to the role. You can hear the tale harden into myth as an emerging author shapes themselves to those obligatory rubrics of self-disclosure required by writers’ festivals. Sometimes the transition from would-be novelist or short story writer is so smooth as to be seamless, an osmotic passage from student of literature to practitioner. These are more likely to be authors already inculcated with the requisite cultural confidence and tutored intelligence of their caste. The children of the creative classes are those who are born to write, as others are born to rule.' (Introduction)

1 Shadow Play Geordie Williamson , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7 October 2017; (p. 20)

'Among the subversive pleasures of Paul Theroux’s travel writing are his intermittent encounters with Australians. To use the local vernacular, he hates our guts.Over the decades, Theroux has happened across us everywhere — mountain highways, city parks, remote deserts, tropical islands — and invariably he finds us tanned, crude and vapid. Our presence affronts his efforts to venture forth in the bazaar of the global exotic, unmolested by the ordinary.“The Australian Book of Etiquette is a very slim volume,’’ he writes at one point. After one night on a train, closely confined with a batch of Aussie backpackers, he calls their company ‘‘a reminder that I’d touched bottom’’.Theroux doesn’t get Australians. We pop up in the most outlandish places, like some noxious weed. We move bravely through the world, but always in a bubble of unthinking privilege. We are inveterate wanderers, though in Theroux’s cantankerous view also rubes who don’t understand or appreciate the places we go. Why, he seems to be asking, do we bother?' (Introduction)

1 Doing What I Was Meant To Do : David Ireland in Conversation with Geordie Williamson Geordie Williamson (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: Island , no. 144 2016; (p. 37-44)
'At the 2015 Sydney Writers' Festival, Island fiction editor Geordie Williamson spoke with novelist David Ireland ...'
1 1 y separately published work icon The Best Australian Essays 2016 Geordie Williamson (editor), Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2016 9666089 2016 anthology essay

'Agile, hard-hitting, symphonic – Australia has much to celebrate in its nonfiction writing. Geordie Williamson gathers the Best Australian Essays in his role as editor for a second year. Expect an enthralling mix of evocation and ideas, politics and culture.' (Source: Publisher's website)

1 Struggling with a Leap of Faith Geordie Williamson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18 June 2016; (p. 18)

— Review of The Healing Party Micheline Lee , 2016 single work novel
1 Subtle Depths Elevate Journey through Time Geordie Williamson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 June 2016; (p. 18)

— Review of Where the Trees Were Inga Simpson , 2016 single work novel
1 A Fusillade of Bitter but Hilarious Repartee Geordie Williamson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 May 2016; (p. 16)

— Review of Our Tiny, Useless Hearts Toni Jordan , 2016 single work novel
1 Divided Life and Works Geordie Williamson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 April 2016; (p. 16)

— Review of Mick : A Life of Randolph Stow Suzanne Falkiner , 2016 single work biography
1 Timeless Virtues Geordie Williamson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 March 2016; (p. 16)

— Review of We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think : Selected Essays Shirley Hazzard , 2016 selected work essay
1 Writing Well Geordie Williamson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 February 2016; (p. 18)

— Review of Contemporary Australian Literature : A World Not Yet Dead Nicholas Birns , 2015 single work criticism
1 Roving the Land with a Master Storyteller Geordie Williamson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6-7 February 2016; (p. 16)

— Review of The High Places Fiona McFarlane , 2016 selected work short story
1 The Antipodes of the Imagination. Geordie Williamson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 128 2016; (p. 44-47)

— Review of The Schooldays of Jesus J. M. Coetzee , 2016 single work single work novel
1 An Enormous Question : James Bardley Geordie Williamson (interviewer), 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: Island , no. 143 2015; (p. 38-43)
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