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Margie Orford

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Interview With The Citizen

I chatted to Bruce Dennill of The Citizen recently:

Margie Orford often gets accused of writing “popular fiction”, where that term is used in a disparaging sense by snotty literary types.

Orford thinks that’s ridiculous.

“I taught publishing and literary theory at the University of Namibia,” she says.

“The students there had English as a third or fourth language, but they managed, which was an epiphany for me. You can present complex ideas to intelligent people and they won’t be uncomfortable with it.

“Writing ‘popular fiction’ deflates that whole ivory tower thing where language hides what I’m really thinking.”

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