Review of A Writing Life By Giulia Giuffré


Addicted as I am to radio, and even some television interviews, I find written interviews irritating. For me this newish and it seems increasingly popular genre in literary studies poses difficulties for readers. The interviewed subject's responses are continually shaped and corralled by the interviewer; let them get on with it I want to cry. If they are too structured, interviews are dull or portentous, if not, simply redundant. If the interviewer is too prescriptive none of the suggestive possibilities hinted at in the responses are explored; if too sensitive all of the questions we'd like to ask are curtailed by good taste These and other possibilities however are avoided in Giulia Giuffré's new collection of talks with Australian women writers. It's a lovely book.

The full text of this essay is available to ALS subscribers

Please sign in to access this article and the rest of our archive.

Published 1 October 1990 in Volume 14 No. 4. Subjects: Australian women writers, Writer's craft.

Cite as: Bird, Delys. ‘Review of A Writing Life By Giulia Giuffré.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 14, no. 4, 1990, doi: 10.20314/als.26f3bbfef0.