I’ve been writing my version of Sydney since I started making zines in the mid 1990s. This blog is an album of encounters in and with my favourite places in the city and suburbs. It’s a mixture of observations, psychogeography, cartography, with a focus on overlooked, forgotten, secret or unusual places within the city and especially the suburbs. This blog is written from Gadigal land, with acknowledgement of the Aboriginal lands of which I write. The lands of the Dharug, Dharawal, Gundungurra and Guringai clans is the place now known as Sydney.
For more about me visit Vanessa Berry World.
My previous Sydney project, exploring Sydney suburban libraries, was Biblioburbia.
My patron saint is Alan Waddell of Walk Sydney’s Streets.
All writing and photography is by me unless otherwise specified. Please ask if you’d like to reproduce anything from this blog.
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Mirror Sydney has been featured in:
Mirror Sydney review: Vanessa Berry pictures another side of the city reviewed by Bradley Garrett, 2017.
Mirror Sydney: Artist finds beauty in city’s overlooked landmarks by Teresa Tan, ABC, 2017.
Mirror Sydney Maps at 55 Sydenham Road, 2017.
Tuesday Book Club on 2SER, reviewed by Andrew Pople.
Alternative Archaeologies, Canvas, Fbi Radio, 2017
St Peters: Post-Industrial Playground, St Peters Library, 2017
Sydney Lost and Found Tour, Sydney Living Museums, 2017
New Writing on Place, Radio National, November 2016.
New Geographies Symposium, Bankstown Arts Centre, November 2016.
Excavating St Peters, Sydney Review of Books, September 2016.
Weird Sydney at the NSW Writers’ Centre, November 2015 and July 2016, and the Paragon Cafe in 2017.
Creative Dialogues, the nonfiction of place at Wollongong Writers’ Festival, November 2015.
Second Circulation at Verge Gallery, curated by Dexter Fletcher April 2015.
Art Month Artist’s Tour of Surry Hills, March 2015.
Writing Sydney at the SMSA, in conversation with Walter Mason, February 2015.
Creative Revisions at the Macquarie University Art Gallery from 10 September – 24th October 2014.
Mud Maps at the Penrith Regional Gallery from March 1st – May 25th 2014.
Suburban Noir at the Museum of Sydney, curated by Peter Doyle, 30 November 2013 – 6 April 2014.
“Secret Sydney”, Art and About Sydney, festival program, 2013.
“Magic Kingdom” in The Lifted Brow #20, 2013.
“We Blog the City” panel at the Vivid Festival, 2013.