On Writing and Writers

‘Everyday and Exotic: Asian Australian Writing’

The Long View, The Wheeler Centre, 2012

‘Damage Control: Australian Literature as Translation’

Westerly, June 2012

‘Rewriting Australian Literature’

in Teaching Australian Literatureed. Brenton Doecke, Larissa McLean Davies and Philip Mead, Wakefield Press, 2012

Visitants: Randolph Stow’s End Time Novel’

in Transnational Literature, vol. 3 no. 2, May 2011

‘A Secret Alterity’

foreword to The Great Australian Novel – A Panorama, by Jean-François Vernay, Pan Macmillan, 2010

‘Bringing Our Books Back: Anthologising Australian Literature’

address to the Adelaide Lyceum Club, 2009

‘Australian Literature and the Missing Body’

Australian Book Review, July–August 2009

‘Who’ll come a-morphing’

Australian Literary Review, August 2009

‘All Our Own Work’

The Weekend Australian, 25 July 2009

‘Earthy Expose of China’s Cowboy Capitalism’

review of Brothers by Yu Hua, The Weekend Australian, 26 June 2009

‘Australian Literature Inside and Out’

JASAL, vol. 9 Special Issue, 2009

‘Recovering Australian Literature’

NSW History Awards Address 2008, Sydney Morning Herald, October 28, 2008

‘Adam Aitken’

in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Australian Writers: 1975-2000, Gale, 2006

‘A Shelf of Our Own: Creative Writing and Australian Literature’

Australian Book Review, November 2005

‘Bliss and Damnation: Peter Carey in Australia’

in Fabulating Beauty: Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey, ed. Andreas Gaile, Rodopi, 2005

‘Writers in Prison’

Wet Ink 4, 2006

‘Memoir: Tiananmen, Liu Xiaobo and PEN’

The Quarterly, Sydney PEN Centre, March 2005

‘Jumping Puddles’

Australian Author, August 2005

‘Compost and Pollination’

Translations, Southerly, 2003

‘Writers write, right!’

Australian Author, May 2000

‘Any Resemblance is Unintended’

Challenging Australian History, National Library of Australia, April 2000

‘Shades of Desire’

The Bulletin, 21 December 1999

‘The Wanderer: Ouyang Yu’

Sidewalk, vol. 9, 2002

‘Giving Voice’

David Malouf: A Celebration, National Library of Australia, 2001

Foreword, Amor Mundi: True Stories by Dusan Velickovic,

Common Ground Publishing, 2001

‘At Play With Words’

The Australian’s Review of Books, December 2000

‘Opening Up Independence’

National Library of Australia News, November 1996

‘Dissent and the Institution: Useless, World-Shattering or Zen?’

How Free is Speech?, Independent Scholars Association of Australia, Canberra, 1996

‘The Language of Australian Literature: Discovery and Recovery’

Asia-Pacific P.E.N. Conference, Japan P.E.N. Club, Tokyo, November 1996

‘Blazing a Trail’

Far Eastern Economic Review, 7 March 1991

‘At Cross Purposes: Behind the Forbidden Door’

Quadrant, vol. 31 no. 6, 1987

‘The Dream of Europe: For Love Alone, The Aunt’s Story and The Cardboard Crown’

Meridian, vol. 6 no 2, 1987

‘Cultural Identity: “I Think I’m Something Else”’

Daedalus, vol. 114 no. 1, 1985 (reprinted as The Daedalus Symposium)