Happy Birthday, Janette Turner Hospital, born 12 November 1942
- I am extremely interested in how people negotiate catastrophe, not because I’m morbidly interested in it but because I’m interested in the secret of resilience; that’s what I’m always exploring in the stories and the novels.
- We inherit plots. There are only two or three in the world, five or six at most. We ride them like treadmills.
- The act of writing surprises me all the time. A miraculous thing happens when you have an idea and you want to convert it into words… and then you start to create a work of art, and that’s another miracle, and it remains mysterious to the writer, or to this writer anyway.
- The futility of action does not absolve one from the failure to act.
- There is always a gap between conception and execution. We keep writing in the burning hope of closing that gap before we die.
Turner Hospital is an Australian writer. Her books include Oyster, The Last Magician and Orpheus Lost.
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