Welcome to Annette Marfording’s website and her book Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors, which was published in 2015. It features 21 in-depth interviews with Australian writers and has received great acclaim among general readers, aspiring writers and writing teachers. Go to Celebrating Australian Writing to find out more.
Annette has been a voracious reader all her life. From her father she learned that language could be powerful, language could be beautiful and language could create music when it had rhythm. From her father she learned the importance of morality and ethics and through the books he gave her she learned empathy, justice and equality – books such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and many more. Learn more
Response to Celebrating Australian Writing:
Recently, as I was preparing for a memoir writing class I was to teach, I re-read some interviews from Annette Marfording's wonderful collection 'Celebrating Australian Writers'. I was struck again by the wealth of insights in this remarkable book where she interviews such amazing people as Robert Dessaix, Peter Goldsworthy and Charlotte Wood.
I've always been an avid reader of interviews with writers and I'm not easy to impress, but Marfording did impress me a lot with her fierce intelligence and skilful immersion in the works of the writers she interviewed. The depth and particularity of her questions, the broad comparative perspective and her attention to style as much as to content are all admirable. A great resource for writers in my view.’
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