How I Wrote Love of a Laminex Table
Not only a cookbook, Love of a Laminex Table brings my photography into dialogue with a poignant community history that is centred about the kitchen table.
How did I write a book?
I’ve always maintained a time of solitude where I takes leave from all commitments, including family, work and friends. I spend a week alone, by the sea, in the country or in a village somewhere in Europe.
In 2009 I took a train from Canberra to Bundanoon. I stayed in the Bundanoon pub where I was the only guest. The hotelier kindly set up a card table under the window in her bedroom. Here, on my son’s old laptop I wrote 17,000 words in five days. With no concern for spelling correction or grammar, I typed intuitively and continuously.
The days were structured. I would write from early morning. Have lunch in the village then an afternoon nap. More writing with a refreshed brain. Dinner in the pub with the locals. Early to bed, early to rise, and write again. No TV, no Social media, limited telephone access.
Solitude – the key to creativity!