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Rodney Hall is one of Australia’s finest writers. He has won the Miles Franklin Award twice for Just Relations and The Grisly Wife and many of his novels and poems have been published internationally. His acclaimed memoir popeye never told you was published in 2010. He lives in Melbourne. Here he chats to gr about his new collection, Silence.
As a child, you moved from your home in England to start a new life in Australia. How did this experience affect your life and your writing?
After starting out life as a musician, actor, painter and writer, what led you to becoming an author?
Having written extensively over your career, what are some of the ways in which you find ideas for your work?
Who or what have been some of your greatest inspirations for your writing?
Your latest book, Silence, is a collection of fictions. How did you approach the writing of a number of short stories as opposed to a longer novel?
What should your readers expect to take away from Silence?
‘Silence should be approached with senses attuned to the sounds, images and emotions that are evoked so vividly . . . I came to this book unprepared, and I was completely overwhelmed by the tapestry of its imagery and the echoes of its stillness.’ (Bookseller and Publisher Magazine)
‘Silence is the recurring theme: so many different types of silence; sad, spiritual, contemplative, angry, frightened, a silence inspired by awe and more. I particularly loved the dreaming bird, a haunting piece which almost had me in tears.’ (Timeless Books)
‘Landscapes and characters are painted with economy and yet with such vivacity that the words will linger in your mind long after you have finished reading.’
(Good Reading Magazine)
Are there any central themes that work to connect the fictions within Silence?
Silence contains some famous historical voices. Who are some of these voices and what led you to the decision to write in this style?
What have been the most rewarding experiences during your time as writer?
Having won the Miles Franklin award twice, you’ve obviously led a very successful career as an author. Looking back on this career, what’s one piece of advice that you’d like to offer to aspiring writers?
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