Letter from the Editors

Welcome to the February 2014 issue of Writers in Conversation. This is our very first issue, and we are delighted to publish what promises to be an exciting and diverse journal, filling a much-needed gap. As the response to our call for papers showed, there are many writers out there keen to discuss their work with interviewers, and interviewers keen to share what they have learned. Writers in Conversation welcomes them heartily!

If anything unites the interviews in this initial issue, it is, paradoxically, diversity. The pieces reflect a transnational world of global writing, with the subjects residing in India, Australia, Canada, the USA and the UK; several of them live in countries other than the ones they were born in, or spend time in various locations on the globe. We are proud that this reflects the dominant strains of contemporary literature, as identified in the most recent Booker shortlist.

Rather than list all the interviews here, and what they are about, we would like you to read them and discover this for yourselves. We will simply say that, mirroring the variety of writers, there is a great diversity in the subject matter and themes discussed: approaches to writing, realism, feminist politics, fantasy. You will be introduced to writers of fiction, poetry, drama and history, and see how writers explore gender, transgender, race, politics and war. We have learned a great deal about contemporary writing in our work on these interviews, and we are sure you will too.


Nick Turner and Gillian Dooley, Editors


From Volume 4, no. 1, February 2017 Writers in Conversation will be published in Open Journal Systems and this website will no longer be updated.

Recent Submissions

  • Writing a Life Between Gender Lines Conversations with A. Revathi about her autobiography The Truth About Me: A Hijra Life Story 

    Prabhu, Gayathri; A. Revathi (2014-01-24)
    A. Revathi was born physiologically male but felt and behaved like a girl - this is how she tells her story, as will be clear from the interview below. Nearly her whole childhood, spent in a village in Salem district of ...
  • Peter Stansky, historian and writer, in conversation: George Orwell and the Spanish Civil War. 

    Burrowes, Darryl; Stansky, Peter (2014-01-24)
    Peter Stansky is an eminent Emeritus Professor of History, specialising in Modern British History, who has been at Stanford University since 1968. I sought him out for his expertise on Orwell while researching at the Hoover ...
  • In conversation with Shyamala Gogu , Dalit feminist writer, Poet, and Activist 

    Rajkumar Eligedi; Shyamala Gogu (2014-01-24)
    Shyamala Gogu is a Dalit feminist writer, poet, and Activist in Andhra Pradesh, India. She edited Nallapoddu:Dalitha Sthreela Sahityam 1921-2002 (Black Dawn: Dalit women's writings, 1921-2002). It was followed by ...
  • 'Setting off fireworks over a mysterious city': An Interview with Kathleen Winter 

    James Bailey; Kathleen Winter (2014-01-24)
    Winter was born in Bill Quay in the north of England in 1960, but moved to Newfoundland in eastern Canada at the age of eight. Her novella, Where is Mario, was published in 1987, and two works of creative non-fiction ...
  • Ruth Starke in conversation with Hannah Kent 

    Starke, Ruth; Kent, Hannah (2014-01-24)
    Hannah Kent has enjoyed enormous international success with her first novel, Burial Rites, a reimagining of the life and death of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland for murder. Published in Australia ...
  • A Kind of Craziness: Susanna Moore on Women, Writing, Sex and Feminism 

    Maya Linden; Susanna Moore (2014-01-24)
    The closing scene of Susanna Moore's 1995 novel, In The Cut, remains one of the most shocking and powerfully written episodes of sexual violence by a contemporary female author. Narrator, Frannie Avery, watches as her ...
  • Sudeep Sen: an Interview 

    Ziaul Karim; Sudeep Sen (2014-01-24)
    An in-depth interview with poet, editor and critic Sudeep Sen, discussing his various books, postcolonial theory, and form. Extensive quotations from his poetry are included.
  • Jane Montgomery Griffiths' Theatrical Poetics 

    Autumn Royal; Jane Montgomery Griffiths (2014-01-24)
    As scholar of the Classics and drama studies, Jane Montgomery Griffiths has devoted much of her artistic practice to interpreting the voices of women who have either been censored or misinterpreted throughout history. ...
  • Interview with Bill Gammage, 28 October 2013 

    Lennox, Rowena; Bill Gammage (2014-01-24)
    Bill Gammage is a historian and Adjunct Professor in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. He taught history at the University of Papua New Guinea, the University of Adelaide and the ANU. ...
  • In conversation with Rob Harle 

    Sharma, Sunil; Harle, Rob (2014-01-24)
    The versatile Nimbin Valley-based Australian thinker, painter, sculptor, writer, reviewer, cover-page designer and a re-born, restive poet, the much-in-demand Rob Harle is rapidly getting global critical attention for the ...
  • An Interview with Marion Halligan 

    Greaves, Robyn; Marion Halligan (2014-01-24)
    Australian author Marion Halligan began publishing fiction later in life. She has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Age Book of the Year for Lovers' Knots in 1992. More recently her work has appeared in ...
  • An Interview with Marlon L. Fick 

    Ward, Christopher; Marlon L. Fick (2014-01-24)
    A conversation with a Fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts in Writing for the United States as well as Mexico (ConaCulta), Marlon L. Fick. Fick is the author of several books, including translations, volumes of ...
  • An Interview with Zoe Fairbairns 

    Turner, Nick; Zoe Fairbairns (2014-01-24)
    Zoe Fairbairns writes novels and short stories, as well as political pieces, fiction reviews, and a radio play. Overall, Zoe Fairbairns's fiction, which is the focus of this interview, can be identified as feminist in its ...
  • An Interview with Dame Margaret Drabble 

    Turner, Nick; Margaret Drabble (2014-01-24)
    Dame Margaret Drabble is one of Britain's leading novelists and critics. She has published seventeen novels, two acclaimed literary biographies (on Arnold Bennett and Angus Wilson), and was the editor of the Oxford Companion ...
  • Winged Words: an Interview with Claire Corbett by David Golding 

    David Golding; Claire Corbett (2014-01-24)
    Claire Corbett has had stories, essays, and journalism broadcast on Radio National and published in Picador New Writing, Rolling Stone, and The Sydney Morning Herald, among others. She was born in Canada and moved to ...
  • When Patriarchy Strikes: An Exclusive Interview with Qaisra Shahraz 

    Yasser Arafath; Qaisra Shahraz (2014-01-24)
    Qaisra Shahraz is a UK-based novelist, activist and educationist. She was born in Pakistan and has spent most of her life in the Western world. Qaisra Shahraz as an author and intellectual represents the New Age Muslim ...
  • Writers in Conversation, February 2014: Contributors (interviewers) 

    Unknown author (2014-01-22)
    List of interviewers for the first issue of Writers in Conversation (February 2014)