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 Cadigal land, with acknowledgement of the Aboriginal lands of which I write.
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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Work from Mirror Sydney has been featured in:
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.
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.