Meet Guy

The esteemed writer Guy Salvidge is nothing short of brilliant.

Guy Salvidge’s intermittently award-winning fiction has squirrelled its way into such esteemed publications as Westerly: New CreativeAward Winning Australian Writing and Stories of Perth. His most recent novel is a domestic noir, Complicity City. Guy is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Curtin University.

Guy has already carried out the Lake Grace Creative Writing Workshop and completely blew away his participants with the volume of information, education into structures of writing and his adaptation to the conversations. The group got so much out of the experience, that they didn’t want to stop writing. But all good things must come to a conclusion.


Here are some fast & fun facts about Guy:


DA: What got you into writing?

I always wanted to be a writer. One of my earliest memories is of happily reading book after book in the school library at age four or five. When I was seven I decided to write handwritten stories and sell them door-to-door. I may have even sold one! That was more than thirty years ago and not much has changed except that now we have a thing called the internet.

DA: What’s the biggest change you see in yourself from 3 years ago to today?

Three years ago I was working fulltime as an English teacher and I didn’t have much time to write, whereas this year I’m undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Curtin University so I have much more time for writing. For this I’m writing a historical novel set in Tasmania called Diemens. I also have a three-year-old son now who would rather I get off the computer and play with him!

DA: What do you hope to achieve in the workshop?

My ambition for the workshop is to help participants unlock their creativity and also provide them with practical advice on being a writer. I hope to assist them in brainstorming, planning, drafting and revising their stories. We will also discuss writers’ groups and pathways to publication. It will be an intensive two days but a lot of fun too.

DA: When you’re feeling discouraged, what gets you back on track?

Whenever I get a rejection for a story or novel, I always try to get back on the horse straightaway by sending it out again the same day. That way I don’t dwell on any one missed opportunity for too long. When I’m struggling to write I am always inspired by the works of some of my favourite writers like James Sallis, Favel Parrett and David Whish-Wilson.

DA: What is your most listened to song right now?


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