Making the Sentences Sing: an interview with Anna Goldsworthy

Gillian Dooley, Anna Goldsworthy

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Dr Anna Goldsworthy is one of Australia’s foremost concert pianists, a founding member of the Seraphim Trio, and a Research Fellow of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide. She is also a distinguished writer, the author of two books: Piano Lessons (2009), a memoir of her musical education and her relationship with her teacher, Eleonora Sivan; and Welcome to your New Life (2014), a memoir describing the arrival of her first child. She has adapted Piano Lessons for the stage, and also co-written a play with her father, Peter Goldsworthy, based on his novel Maestro (1989). She has also written many essays, including cultural and literary criticism. Given my own interests in music and literature and how the two art forms intersect and overlap, Anna’s dual career has always been an inspiration for me. I met her in her office at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide in November 2016.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalWriters in Conversation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

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  • Concert pianists
  • Authors
  • Memoirs
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Prose writing


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