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The past shapes the present – they teach us that in schools and universities. (Shapes? Infiltrates, more like; imbues, infuses.) This past cannot be visited like an ageing aunt. It doesn’t live in little zoo enclosures.
From a special 'Writing and Trauma' issue of Text Journal edited by Bridget Haylock and Suzanne Hermanoczki, October 2017.
I have a short piece on my family's experiences in Uzbekistan during WWII in this new collection.
Interview with Antony Funnell on our narrative fixation.
My extended review of Michael Green's and Andre Dao's (eds) They Cannot Take the Sky.
Brief review in Text Journal.
Thanks to Catriona Menzies-Pike for publishing this essay.
A new podcast series from The Poet's Voice. I spoke about Brodsky.
Extract from a public lecture given as part of the 2016 Wednesday Lecture Series Hosted by Raimond Gaita.
"What are essays for? They are for picking up ideas, feelings, forces in the air, still unnamed and amorphous, and giving them a foothold in language. "
'No Skin', my essay revisiting the idea of traumascapes a decade later, has been shortlisted in the Melbourne Prize for Literature.
I am finally running a course I’ve been aching to get off the ground for ages.
I was commissioned by the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival to write an original dramatic monologue.
I've been wanting to write this piece for years.
Sarah Helm's If This Is a Woman is a masterpiece.
For Women of Letters I was asked to write a letter to my Rude Awakening.
Melbourne, how come you haven't noticed Sally Smart's Shadow Trees Installation!?
Loved Roz Chast’s book, surprised myself by loving it actually.
No one writes criticism like Michael Hofmann.
One of the best nonfiction books I've ever read.
Talking with Rai Gaita and Wayne Macauley at the 2014 MWF.
I'm not a fan of writing exercises but...
Here's the text of my 8-minute speech at the gala opening of the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival 2014.
Are we really "story-telling animals"?
Research is always the best part!
Monash University Museum of Art’s current exhibition is called ‘Concrete’.
Interviewed by the very lovely and intelligent Richard Aedy.
One of the most gratifying commissions – Poet's Voice, Dante.
How about that first paragraph in Andrew Solomon’s Far From The Tree!
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