Category: Interviews

Q&A with Leigh Swinbourne

Where did the idea for the Lost Child story come from? The lost child is, of course, a famous trope in Australian art and literature. My take on it is portraying a child/man, a lost soul, not a little unlike myself at his age, and surrounding him with a kind of contemporary gothic mystery that […]

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An interview between Hobart-based writer Leigh Swinbourne and actor Jane Longhurst

‘Request Program’, a play by Franz Xaver Kroetz  A Black Bag Trilogy Performance, Detached Gallery, Hobart, 5th to 14th August, 2022 Earl Art Centre, Launceston, 25th to 27th May, 2023 Language is vital to me. Whatever the writing project, I am always conscious of its beauty, power and utility. One of my attractions to Drama […]

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AMY’S TATTOO Hobart playwright Alison Mann talks to Leigh Swinbourne about her latest play

Back in the ‘seventies when I (Leigh) started attending theatre, two out of every three plays were Australian originals. The Nimrod in Sydney, the Australian Performing Group and La Mama in Melbourne produced fresh local drama that spoke directly to audiences about their own lives. Fast forward to 2022 and what has been built from […]

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Q&A with Zachary Harris

This month our recommended reads column features Tasmanian writer Zachary Harris, author of Sons of Burke, the first novel in what will be a five book saga published by Pegasus Publishers. Have you always wanted to be a writer? I have loved writing since early high school, and since then I have aspired to be […]

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Close and Personal with Caroline Flood

Caroline Flood is the award-winning author of numerous short stories that have been widely published in literary journals in Australia, the USA and Canada. Her first collection of short stories With These We Will Never Go Hungry was published by Ginninderra Press in 2022. This collection poignantly explores themes of domestic violence, motherhood, grief, childhood and loss, deftly inviting the reader […]

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Close and Personal with Mallika Naguran

Mallika is the author of two adaptations of classics for children—the Ramayana: The Quest to Rescue Sita and Peter Pan in the POP! Lit for Kids series (WS Education, 2021). She Never Looks Quite Back is her first collection of short stories published by Penguin Random House SEA on 14 December 2021, and is a […]

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Close and Personal with Eliza Henry-Jones

Eliza Henry-Jones is the award-winning author of In the Quiet, How to Grow a Family Tree and P is for Pearl. Arianne recently interviewed Eliza on her latest novel, Salt and Skin, a wild and haunting mystery set on the remote Orkney islands off the coast of Scotland. Where did the inspiration for Salt and […]

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Close and Personal with Minnie Darke

Minnie Darke (aka Danielle Wood), the best-selling author of Star Crossed and The Lost Love Song is back with another heartwarming contemporary romance, With Love From Wish and Co. Read on for a Q&A where Minnie talks about her inspiration behind the novel, her writing process and more… Where did the inspiration behind this story […]

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Close and Personal with Lucy Christopher

  Lucy Christopher is a British/Australian author best known for her bestselling YA novel Stolen. Lucy has also published books for younger readers and was up until recently a Reader and Creative Director in creative writing at Bath Spa University. She is now living in Hobart and working as a Senior Lecturer in creative writing at […]

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An interview between Hobart writer Leigh Swinbourne and actor Robert Maxwell

The Winter’s Tale                                     Blue Cow Theatre, TMAG, 13th to 28th May. Covid shut down the theatres and sacked the actors and technicians. The Arts have always had a tough run in this country so artists have always had to learn resilience. Still keeping in mind the shattered careers and companies and the Morrison government’s […]

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