For many years Robert Dessaix produced and presented ABC’s “Books and Writing" program. In 1994 he edited Australian Gay and Lesbian Writing: An Anthology for Oxford University Press, and published the autobiographical novel A Mother’s Disgrace, which was celebrated as one of the Australian literary events of the year. In 1996 he published his second novel, Night Letters, which has received many awards and has been translated into several languages. He recently edited Speaking Their Minds (1998), a collection of essays on the role and function of intellectuals in contemporary society. Dessaix's latest book, and so forth (Pan Macmillan, 1998), comprises short fiction, essays, journalism, and talks written and presented over a decade. Robert Dessaix is today one of Australia’s most acclaimed novelists and literary commentators. He lives in Melbourne.

This conversation is about the thematic and stylistic aspects of Night Letters.