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Other Worlds and the Memoir Club

May 12, 2015

large_Other_Worlds_Zine_Fair_2015Other Worlds zine fair is back for a second year with an expanded program of talks, workshops and of course the zine fair, which is on Saturday 23rd May, 11am – 4pm. I’ll be there with some new zines and maps as well as some favourites from the past.

Randwick Literary Institute c.1957 by Steve Terrill.

Randwick Literary Institute c.1957 by Steve Terrill.

On Tuesday 26th May I’ll be in conversation with Jessica Kirkness at the Randwick Literary Institute for the monthly meeting of the Memoir Club for Readers and Writers. I’ll be speaking about my memoir Ninety9, tips for writing lives, and the possibilities of memoir. The details are:

Tuesday 26 May 2015        6.00—9.00pm
Randwick Literary Institute
60 Clovelly Road, Randwick 2031
RSVP by 24 May:

More information on the Institute can be found here.



Two Sydney Zine Exhibitions

April 15, 2015

The Dexter Fletcher-curated exhibition Second Circulation is in its last week at Verge Gallery, featuring artworks that relate to and expand upon the practice of making zines. There are maps, totems and dogs in space to see. Artists in the show are: Samantha Penelope Riegl, Tim Ungaro, The Thomas Ferguson Band, Luke You, The Newport Dolls, Vanessa Berry, Miss Helen, and Emma D. Davidson

Second Circ

Across the footbridge, in the Fisher Library is another zine-related exhibition, Zeen, curated by Leigh Rigozzi, featuring zine and comic artists and associated ephemera. Read the correspondence of zine makers! Artists in the show include Tim Danko, Keg De Souza, Pat Grant, Simon Hanselmann, Lachlan Conn, Mandy Ord and me.

VB Fisherarium

Also coming up in the zine-related future is the Other Worlds zine fair on Saturday 23 May at the Glebe Town Hall, which is a beautiful venue, it looks like this:

Glebe Town Hall

Good for ballroom dancing and zine browsing!



Dexter Fletcher Gallery Takeover: with zines!  

April 8, 2015

Originally posted on Take Care:

Come along to Verge Gallerythis Saturday for a day of zine related fun, including a mini zine fair, YOU zine-making marathon, DISCOnference (discussion on zines), and live performances from Ideal Type, Plastic Knife and the Newport Dolls!

Full program at

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March News

March 9, 2015

The crepe myrtles are out, the days are still long, and the year presses onwards. Here are a few things coming up in March that I’m involved with or recommend.

Off the Pigs

Off the Pigs in the Tea Warehouse, Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills.


Firstly I’m taking a tour of Surry Hills for Art Month on March 14th. It’s sold out but you can download the map that the tour is based on at the Art Month website.

For those in Canberra for the You Are Here Festival, I have an artwork in the East Row Museum, which opens on March 18th and runs throughout the festival, until the 22nd.

I’ve written a text for the Emily Hunt exhibition Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence, which is showing at The Commercial gallery in Redfern from 20th March to 4th April. It features a weird ceramic wonderland traversed by a model train.

Emily Casula

Emily Hunt’s Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence from Mind The Gap, Casula Powerhouse, 2015.


In zine news, the Other Worlds zine fair is on again this year in May, with an expanded program of talks and workshops as well as the zine fair. Apply for a stall by March 22nd.

Peeking over into April, I have an artwork in Second Circulation at Verge Gallery, a show curated by mysterious art gang Dexter Fletcher. It opens on April 2nd and has a program of events to go with it, including a DISCOnfernce, a YOU zine making marathon and the Dexter Fletchers doing a talk on the social history of Blu-Tack.

And finally, for those who have asked about Lost Sydney patches, there are still some available at The Felt Undergroundmlpatchweb

Art Month Surry Hills Tour

February 3, 2015

Readers Digest 1

I’ll be leading an artist tour for this year’s Art Month, on March 14th, around Surry Hills. Tickets are free but limited, available on the Art Month website.  Come and explore its mysteries, such as Sydney’s only Brutalist Gothic building, as shown above. There are other great tours in March too, Noel McKenna is also leading one and there are cycling tours and bus tours of the galleries involved in Art Month.

Writing Sydney Talk

January 27, 2015

For those in Sydney, I’ll be giving a talk about some of the places around town that have inspired my work, both in my memoir writing and in my city/psychogeography writing on Mirror Sydney. It’s the first in a series of talks about writers who have been influenced in some way by the city, hosted by Walter Mason.

It’s on February 11th, 12:30 – 1:30pm at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, an interesting place in itself – it’s Sydney’s oldest operating library. The event page is here with RSVP details – it’s free so do come along if you fancy some lunchtime amusement mid-week.

Sydney Mechanics School of Arts

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, some time ago.

Fancy Dress in 2015

December 27, 2014

Dear Readers,

Thank you for reading and following this blog in 2014, with its occasional thoughts and updates. Most of my writing this year appeared on my blog Mirror Sydney, and indeed much of my writerly activities this year involved exploring the city and the suburbs, writing stories about places and making maps. I also put out a couple of zines, I am a Camera #17, the Penrith Arcades Project map, and Everybody Drives a Used Car/Boiracers and Mazdabators, a split zine with Alex Wild. I appeared at the Sydney Writers’ Festival to talk about the 1990s, memoir and my 2013 published memoir Ninety9, and also demonstrated goth dancing to a large audience in the Festival Club in the middle of reading a story about Bela Lugosi’s Dead. So, nothing particularly out of the ordinary.

I’ll see you in the new year with new exhibitions and stories and maybe even a new book. Soon I’ll be leading a tour of Surry Hills for Art Month, and helping to launch Anwen Crawford’s book on Live Through This at Gleebooks in February, so you might come across me in one of these places. For now it’s a happy new year from me, on the pavement outside the fancy dress store, deciding on costumes for 2015 (2014 fancy dress included – dictaphone (Diane from Twin Peaks), Margot from The Good Life, and a block of gold).

Vanessa Fancy Dress


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