Five Minutes with Hannah Story

hannahstory 1. Where do you get most of your writing done?


On buses and trains, sometimes while sitting outside in Martin Place or my own backyard. Wherever there’s a view.

2. Internet on or off while you’re writing?


On. If you’re not researching while you’re writing, then you’re doing it wrong. I like to have social media on at the same time all those micro-interactions are starting to inflect my prose.

3. Which book/poem do you wish you’d written?

The Virgin Suicides. I don’t think anything will ever top that book.

4. Which book are you constantly lending your friends? 

I’ve started to lend out Alice Munro, but before that it was Bukowski, Marguerite Duras’ The Lover and Daniel Handler’s Adverbs.

5. Which fictional character do you think you're most romantically compatible with?

Any man in an Alice Munro story. The way she writes about relationships is too real.

6. Best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

Less is more.

7. If you could only read and re-read one book for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

Adverbs – Daniel Handler. Or Monkey Grip – Helen Garner.

8. Which book do you only pretend to like to look cool/well-read?

I pretend to have read more than 400 pages of Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.

9. What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a couple of pieces about relationship dissolution in the age of Facebook, Tinder, Tumblr, etc. One for an exhibition, it’ll be raw and probably “too real”, and the other as a collaboration, telling the story of that unraveling through social media (non-)interactions.

And a pic of your writing space please...

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