Earlier this year, at the Sydney Writers Festival, I had the pleasure of talking with Booker-shortlisted novelist and playwright Deborah Levy.
We spoke chiefly about her outstanding novel Swimming Home, but also about Black Vodka, her collection of short stories.
It was a rich and rewarding conversation. Deborah spoke of how "shattered" she was, having finished Swimming Home; how she had changed in writing it. She touched on the importance, in her work, of the weather and the body (courtesy of her theatrical training), and the way things -- a teddy bear, a rifle, a fountain pen -- hold emotions.
During the questions, Deborah also defended her role as a novelist: to create "compelling" characters, not "likeable" ones.
(And much more.)
A video of the conversation is now online on Slow TV. You can also click here to open the video in a new window.