St Peters, Post-Industrial Playground

As part of this year’s Australian Heritage Festival, I’ll be presenting a talk and slideshow about St Peters called “Post Industrial Playground”. It’s on May 10th at St Peters library, and is free, but please register here if you’d like to come along. I’ll be talking about St Peters’ recent past, with a focus on alternative culture: punx picnics, St Peters in pop culture, and weird scenes from Sydney Park. Of which there are many.

Kate Bush in multiple converges on Sydney Park.

 


Sydney Lost and Found Giveaway

The Health Food of a Nation – ghost ice creams in Bexley.

**UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered and shared their lost and found Sydney stories. I’ve drawn the prize from my top hat and have a winner – congratulations to Kristina!**

On April 1st I’m hosting the Sydney Lost and Found bus tour with Sydney Living Museums, in conjunction with the exhibition Demolished Sydney. It’s a mystery tour that starts in the city and heads south into the suburbs, travelling through time and stories as we go.

The tour is sold out, but I have a ticket to giveaway! To enter, leave a comment with your favourite lost, or rediscovered place in Sydney. Next Tuesday, I’ll draw the prize (at random using the names in a hat method). Good luck!

Details of the tour are here.


Talks in November

I’ll be speaking about Sydney, writing, and the urban environment on three occasions in November.

Brescia Postcard copy

First, for those interested in the more academic side of what I do, I’ll be presenting a paper on urban ruins, Parramatta Road and the Midnight Star theatre at a research seminar at Macquarie Uni on Wednesday November 11th. It’s on from 3-5pm in the Faculty of Arts building, Y3A, in the Drama Studio (downstairs, room 187).

WEIRD SYDNEY

On Thursday November 19th I’ll be at the NSW Writers’ Centre, discussing one of my favourite topics – Weird Sydney, along with Peter Doyle, Chris Mikul, and Michael Wayne. It’s on from 6:30 at Garry Owen House in Callan Park, Rozelle, and more details can be found here.

And on Sunday November 29th, I’ll be at the Wollongong Writers’ Festival, speaking on a panel about non-fiction place writing. It’s at 12:30pm at the Wollongong City Art Gallery, and more details can be found here.


Sydney Mystery Tours

Road To Nowhere_VB

This October I’ll be leading two Sydney tours as part of the Groundwork exhibition curated by the New Landscapes Institute. They’re based on my map of Sydney Mystery Structures that will be exhibited in Groundwork. The map features some of the city’s more perplexing and obscure landmarks, of which there are many to choose from – but I will reveal more closer to the time.

The first of the tours, on Saturday October 3rd, is a city mystery structures tour:  a journey past the grandiose, the bizarre and the banal alternative landmarks of the city. The next weekend, on Sunday October 11th, is a tour of Annandale’s aqueducts and their mysterious path through the parks and back streets of the suburb.

See the city the Mirror Sydney way! I’d love you to join me, you can book at the links above. Or if an exhibition opening is more your style, Groundwork opens on October 1st at Gaffa Gallery.

johnstons-aqueduct


Writing Sydney and Secret Sydney

Sydney Mechanics School of Arts

Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts c.1920. Photo: State Library of NSW

On February 11th I’ll be speaking at Sydney’s oldest library, the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts at 280 Pitt Street. I’m the first speaker in the Writing Sydney series, hosted by Walter Mason, which will run throughout the year. I’ll be talking about some of my favourite Sydney places and stories, telling some of the tales behind the blog, and generally discussing all things curious about the city and suburbs.

The talk is free but you do need to book, which you can do at the event listing page on the Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts website. I look forward to meeting some of you there, and the SMSA is an interesting place with a long history that’s well worth a visit.

 

 

Kriesler radio display, 1938, at Mick Simmons Ltd. Sam Hood photograph from the State Library of NSW collection.

Kriesler radio display, 1938, at Mick Simmons Ltd. Sam Hood photograph from the State Library of NSW collection.

 

For those who prefer the radiola, I also recently spoke with ABC radio about secret Sydney places, abandoned spaces, redevelopment, and exploring the suburbs. You can listen to the interview here.

New stories are coming soon, for now I wish you a happy 2015, dear readers. May your troubles be as the card below suggests.

Troubles light as bubbles