The author, poet, playwright and scriptwriter this year replaces Professor Bill Manhire as director of Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about writing?
I’ve always loved that thing that William Faulkner said, which was: “Write only what you know.” Whenever I’ve done stuff that seems to have worked, it’s been from a surprising source. I don’t think you can calculate. I think you just have to follow your own hunches and be as peculiar as you need to be.
What makes a great teacher?
I’ve had two models in my life and they’re completely opposite, so I don’t really know which one is preferable. The first model was when I did my ...
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