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March 3, 2015

Who am I? My Life as a Writer

Filed under: Books & Writing — roundtablewriting @ 4:21 pm

Really enjoyed this article in Southerly by Sunil Badami. It strikes so many chords!


by Sunil Badami


Who am I? Reading the excellent, eloquent, engaging entries on this blog before me by much better writers and performers, you’d be forgiven for asking the question. I’m always surprised when people recognise me and my work; the most common response when I admit I’m a writer is ‘have I read anything you’ve written?’—which, I suppose, is a question that answers itself, much like asking a bouncer turfing you out of a nightclub ‘do you know who I am??’

For years, I never actually said I was a writer; given how little I actually wrote in comparison to how much I talked about writing, that was fair enough. Still, when my first short story was published in Meanjin over ten years ago, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was.

Unfortunately, the fee didn’t quite match the thrill, and so, when, after giving my mother a copy…

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