Rebekah Clarkson lives in the Adelaide hills in South Australia. Her short fiction, poetry and articles have been published in journals, anthologies and magazines. She is currently writing a short story cycle and is examining the form in her PhD studies at the University of Adelaide.
Rebekah Clarkson in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?Iâ€™ve written in personal journals since I was a child, documenting observations and overheard dialogue. I started to write fiction in my early thirties and felt an immediate affinity with short stories.
What do you love about short stories?I love the aesthetics of short stories. I love that they are challenging to write and read. I love the way they ruthlessly use all that is available to them, not just the words, but all those unsuspected spaces in and around the words, their capacity for subversion. I love the way the best short stories can resonate and then linger, sometimes for years, merging with your memories so that you forget what is fiction. I enjoy novels too but Iâ€™ve never experienced this particular phenomenon with them.
Do you write in other forms?I have written an unpublished novel, non-fiction and a little poetry.
What distracts you from writing?The Internet. Curiosity. Laziness. Fear.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?My other passions are my children and my husband and my friends. I love art, music, gardening, playing with colour, cooking, wine, roller-skating, running, film, lying in the sun.
What is your favourite book?Just one is impossible! Here are some: Raymond Carverâ€™s A Small, Good Thing, James Joyceâ€™s Eveline, Flannery Oâ€™Connerâ€™s A Good Man is Hard to Find, Marjorie Barnardâ€™s The Permisson Tree, Bonnie Jo Campbellâ€™s King Coleâ€™s American Salvage, Lorrie Mooreâ€™s Real Estate, Jhumpa Lahiriâ€™s A Temporary Matter, Alexander McLeodâ€™s Miracle Mile. One of my favourite novels is Chiam Potokâ€™s My Name is Asher Lev and its sequel, The Gift of Asher Lev.
Who are your favourite writers?Flannery Oâ€™Conner, Lorrie Moore and Jhumpa Lahiri
Where is your dream location?The Tyrone Guthrie Centre on the shores of Annamakerrig Lake, in Ireland.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Iâ€™m with Winston. Any kind of rodent. On a lighter note, and Iâ€™m not saying it makes sense, but I hate the phrase â€˜Champagne on Arrivalâ€™. I have no idea why, because Iâ€™m happy to have champagne when I arrive.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Persist. Feed your soul. Persist.
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