Heterotopias: Writing and Location

As a fiction writer I have a rather privileged role, in that when I'm required to give a paper or deliver a speech it is really as a writer that I do it, and as we all know, writers are full of multiple personalities, so I'm able to call upon a number of characters to fulfil this function; to take on simultaneously a number of different positions. At least, I'm not required to present a static self, but a self that is always in transition. One could say it's typical that writers get away with anything. There's no pressure to be a professional commentator. But in fact, it is sometimes a lot harder to be an amateur, for the burden that the amateur bears is that of the responsibility for one's inventions. And I suppose it is ultimately how Australians invent themselves that will determine their personal and collective futures.

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Published 1 October 1995 in Volume 17 No. 2. Subjects: Creative imagination, Crosscultural relations, Place & identity, Self perception, Utopianism, Writer's inspiration.

Cite as: Castro, Brian. ‘Heterotopias: Writing and Location.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 17, no. 2, 1995. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.4b56e89d31.