Volume 1, No. 2, August 2014
Letter from the Editors
Welcome to the August 2014 issue of Writers in Conversation. After the success of the first issue earlier this year, we are delighted to publish our second collection of interviews with some of the most interesting writers at work today.
As in our previous issue, the writers brought together here are a wonderfully diverse collection: novelists, poets, academics, critics and translators from countries across the globe. This allows us to see world literature in microcosm: innovative, passionate, transnational and political.
Despite the variety of the writers, some questions and themes recur. Postcolonial literature plays a large role, as do accompanying questions of politics, race, religion, immigration and diaspora. By contrast, several of the interviews consider what literature is for and what it does, and look closely at how writers construct their work and at who their influences are.
We are also delighted that Professor Diana Glenn has allowed us to publish the wonderful speech she made at the launch of Writers in Conversation earlier this year.
We firmly believe not in ‘The Death of the Author’ but in the author’s paramount importance. We hope you enjoy reading the interviews as much as we did.Nick Turner and Gillian Dooley, Editors
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(2014-07-24)With the arrival of his first novel in 1995, Loaded, Christos Tsiolkas became a voice for a new generation of Australians. The book's main character, Ari - later made into the flesh by actor Alex Dimitriades in the film ...
(2014-07-24)Mona Livholts is a critic, untimely academic novelist, and social science scholar based in Sweden. She is Associate Professor of Social Work at the Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, and ...
(2014-07-24)Professor Mohammad A. Quayum teaches in the Department of English Language and Literature at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). A gifted student of literature with an impressive academic record at ...
I, the dark woman, in the trajectory of your consciousness: Indian born British poet Usha Kishore in conversation with Sutapa Chaudhuri (2014-07-24)Indian born Usha Kishore is an award winning British poet, writer and translator and a well-known voice in contemporary Indian Writing in English. Usha now lives on the Isle of Man, where she teaches English in a Secondary ...
(2014-07-24)Speech given at the launch of Writers in Conversation, 7 March 2014
(2014-07-24)Andrea Goldsmith has published seven novels, most recently The Memory Trap (2013), and Reunion (2009). I had not met her before I visited her home in Clifton Hill, an inner suburb of Melbourne, to record this interview, ...
Bashabi Fraser, Transnational Writer, based in Edinburgh, Scotland speaks to Writers in Conversation (2014-07-24)Bashabi Fraser is a transnational writer who has lived in London, Kolkata and Darjeeling and now lives and writes in Edinburgh. She is a poet, editor, children's writer, translator and critic. Her recent publications ...
(2014-07-24)Daya Dissanayake - three times winner of the State Literary Award, given by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Sri Lanka, and of the SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) Award 2013 - is a dissident who ...
Between Nepal and Canada: In Conversation with Pushpa Raj Acharya, Edmonton's 2013-14 Writer-in-Exile. (2014-07-24)Pushpa Raj Acharya is a poet from Nepal now living in Edmonton, Canada. He is currently a member of the Borderlines Writers Circle/Writer-in-Exile programme for the year 2013-14. His poems have been published in Canada, ...