On Remembering Things

On Remembering Things

by Walter Mason Year by year I become more conscious that I commit less and less to memory. I was in that final generation that made one last half-hearted effort to commit some poetry to memory. The only things that remain with me now are ‘My Country’, half of ‘The...
Walter’s live blogging – final post: Garry Wotherspoon

Walter’s live blogging – final post: Garry Wotherspoon

by Walter Mason This is my secret confession. When I was 17 I discovered a collection of biographical stories of ordinary gay men called “Being Different.” I bought it second hand and read it compulsively, over and over again, but always in secret. It was edited by...
Walter’s live blogging – Helen O’Neill

Walter’s live blogging – Helen O’Neill

by Walter Mason I remember stumbling upon Helen O’Neill’s exquisite illustrated biography of Florence Broadhurst when it was first released. I suffered a terrible author envy witnessing such a lushly illustrated and produced object. It is every writer’s dream to...
Walter’s live blogging – Claire Scobie

Walter’s live blogging – Claire Scobie

by Walter Mason Whenever I teach travel writing workshops I always ask my students what their favourite travel books are. Partly it’s because I want them to start thinking about the kind of writing they want to do, and also because I want to be sure they have some...
Walter’s live blogging – Thomas Keneally

Walter’s live blogging – Thomas Keneally

by Walter Mason It seems only fitting that, being a guest for the day at the Tom Keneally Centre at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, I should have the opportunity to speak to the great man himself. I had spent most of the day sitting in front of an immense...
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