My Paris Review piece on the now-infamous 2018 Gerald Murnane conference in Goroke, Victoria will be published as part of Gerald Murnane: Another World in This One, papers from and inspired by the conference.
The collection is edited by Professor Anthony Uhlmann of Western Sydney University; it was a thrill to be asked by Anthony to have the piece not only included but to be used as the introduction for the book. Also great to be sharing pages with some of the best writers and critics in the country, including Murnane himself.
Gerald Murnane: Another World in This One is published by Sydney University Press on 02 March 2020. Buy the book here.
I wrote a piece for the Paris Review called Scenes from Gerald Murnane’s Golf Club – on the Murnane symposium last December, organised by Western Sydney University. Symposiums aren’t typical PR fodder, but this one was at a tiny golf club in Murnane’s country home-town, and was both a celebration of the writer and, quite possibly, a goodbye of sorts. In case it’s not clear in the piece, it was a surreal and fun day which was only one part of an amazing trip that included hanging out at the pub in Natimuk with writers I’ve long admired, then spending the next morning with Alexis Wright.
If you’re planning a bush symposium, sign me up.
With thanks to Nick from Giramondo, Andre for the photo and Nadja for humouring me.
My interview with Gerald Murnane is now up at 3:AM Magazine. My introduction will hopefully go some way in telling the story of how this came together.
Big thanks to Ivor Indyk from Giramondo for facilitating the exchange and to K.T. Kahn, my buddy and fellow editor at 3:AM, for the editorial work. And, of course, to Gerald – for the generosity with his time and with his responses.
Music & Literature 3 is now available and features my essay “Mere Dreaming” on Gerald Murnane’s novels Tamarisk Row and A Lifetime on Clouds. I share the edition with Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, Scott Esposito, Emmett Stinson, Wayne Macauley, Matt Jakubowski, my good buddy KT Kahn and many others, as well as Murnane himself. Needless to say, this is an honour.
Big, big thanks to Taylor.