Posts By: Margaret Coulter

A thinking-through of hard questions: Interview with "Good Ghost" Bill Moran

“Good Ghost” Bill Moran is making his way down the East coast of Australia to visit and perform in Melbourne for a third time. Margaret Coulter chatted to him mid-tour about coming back, what’s in store, what makes him tick and what’s in his workshop.

How do you prepare for a tour – is there anything in particular you do to prepare for a big international tour as opposed to a one off feature (other than pack a suitcase of course)?

So much! Workshop lesson plans, set lists, alternate set lists, social media (show flyers, hashtags, promotional stuff), printing books, so on and so forth. There’s always a lot of logistic stuff to sort out too, in terms of transportation, lodging, international phone plan, music and reading list, and all the little things that you wouldn’t think about unless you’ve toured before: which sleeping aid works best, what the heck is a ‘flat white’ and does it have enough caffeine to make me a halfway-functional human, exactly how many times can I wear the same pair of socks while still maintaining minimal hygiene / dignity, etc?

Then, of course, the show. Writing, memorizing, sequence, performance, music, and all the adornments that make the show more than just a handful of poems read aloud. And how to make people care.

Oh yeah, and then the nerves. Always the nerves– handling the nervousness on the flight there, and keeping the reflexive roar of self-doubt down to a steady, sleepy purr.

This isn’t your first visit – what are you most looking forward to about coming back to Melbourne?

Seeing all the Melbourne poets and organizers I admired who, over the past couple years, became friends I admire (especially now with Sir Scott Wings and Sir Will Beale in town too!) Other than that, I’m especially excited about the show at the Howler. Last year, Ben put on a killer show that I felt was as much for the artists as it was for the audience, with an incre

Five beverages to drink while writing

Water OK let’s get the healthy stuff out of the way first. Water is hella good for writing because a hydrated brain is a happy brain. You wouldn’t go to the gym without a water bottle (ok so maybe you wouldn’t go to the gym full stop, bad example AHEM anyway…) so don’t exercise your brain without one either. Also good for reminding you to get up and walk around every now and then, because what goes in must come out. So unless you’re really lazy and decide to cut out the middle man and turn your bathroom into a home office, nature’s call will help you remember to fit in some breaks between stanzas.

Red Wine I know right? What a stereotype. It’s that way for a reason. We love the stuff. Poets that is, and writers in general. So if you want to look the part, grab a glass of the red stuff (white wine doesn’t count) and settle in with your notebook. There’s bonus points for a hand scribed poem with red wine glass rings on the page. In addition to aesthetics, sometimes those of us who drink alcohol find that indulging in a glass or two is a great way to loosen up and get the creative juices flowing. Just make sure to write drunk, edit sober.

Coffee This one speaks for itself, however I’m still going to speak for it, like a horrible mansplainer who isn’t actually a man. Most people need to be awake to write. You might have had a few too many glasses of red last night, or perhaps you’re pulling an all nighter to polish off your feature set for the Dan tomorrow – whatever the reason, wrap your hands around a nice big, strong cup of coffee. Linger over it and enjoy the aroma. Close your eyes, breathe deep and let your brain cells fire. Oh yeahhhhh.

Tea Cuppa tea guv’na? Oops, looks like someone overdid the coffee. Time to take a moment to relax. Black, chai, white, green, red, herbal infusion, there’s a drop for everyone. Whatever your flavour there’s nothing like a nice hot cuppa to sooth what ails you, from w