Writers On Writing / Mark Dapin on writing history with confidence
Mark Dapin is an author, historian and journalist. His most recent book is The Nashos’ War, a highly acclaimed history of the Vietnam-era national service scheme in Australia. We spoke to him about the best way to approach history writing.
Writers On Writing / Vanessa Berry on capturing a sense of place in writing
‘When I write about a place, I make sure to observe it as closely as possible: spending time there, observing, talking to people, taking notice of the environment visually and sonically, considering its topography, and generally paying deep attention to it. This gives me clues for what I can research further, in archives, to build a portrait of a place through time.’