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If you like, you can write to me at my post office box:

Po Box 1879
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

I’ve had this post office box ever since 1996! It’s the longest I’ve lived anywhere.

Mirror Sydney: my blog about the marginal and unusual places in the city.

Distros and shops that stock my zines:

Sticky (Melbourne)

My Etsy Store

Here are some social media links. I’m not on Facebook, but do have a presence on:



Below are some links to a few interviews and stories about me:

Artist Finds Beauty in City’s Overlooked Landmarks

Next Door with the author of Mirror Sydney

Hello Bookcase with Vanessa Berry

Vanessa Berry’s Ninety9

Zine Wiki

A page about my work on Zine Wiki.

SMH Article with picture of me in my room.

Yes, yes, I know, I have a lot of stuff in there. I am an op shop expert in this article. Or as they say “hand me down huntress”!

Interview on The Book Show

You can download the interview from Radio National’s Book Show here.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. gavgams permalink
    April 11, 2011 12:51 am

    Hi again Vanessa,
    I could get lost in your fine zine world
    I’ve had a little peeky boo around your web and links.. fantastic stuff
    I’ve got Uddich Schmuddich on vinyl and was one of the few people who didn’t boo the clowns when they played at La Trobe Uni lunchtime.
    you’d have to like Gerald Murnane?
    I am the Camera , Dunedin one, looks very much like the cover to Hail by “the Fitz” which fits, I suppose.
    I like Beckett’s Malone Dies prose stuff and I’m reading Alain de Bouttain’s book on how “Proust Can Change YOur Life” hwich is a gem and I’m sure you’d enjoy.

  2. Simon permalink
    July 31, 2011 2:09 pm

    so lovely to have you at my party- glad you came! Thanks especially for all your zines- have been delighting in them all morning-especially love the crocoldile one.

    hope to see you soon


    • Vanessa Berry permalink*
      July 31, 2011 2:39 pm

      It was a great pleasure and lovely to see you! I’m happy you’re enjoying the zines – the crocodile one is one of my favourites but has perhaps the most unpopular cover of any zine I’ve ever made…the matchbox is from the big jar of matchboxes I buy at the end of the story. Yes, hope to see you soon too x V.

  3. lisa pineapple permalink
    February 3, 2012 11:15 am

    I have to say, that one of the funniest things I’ve ever read was ‘Laughter and the Sound of Teacups’. I vaguely recall a story about you visiting a doll and bear show?

    I gave away my zine collection at a garage sale in 2002 and every now and then experience a pang of regret when I fondly recall your zine.

    • Vanessa Berry permalink*
      February 3, 2012 1:38 pm

      I too vaguely remember a story about visiting a doll and bear show! I stopped making Laughter and the Sound of Teacups in 2002, it seems both a long time ago and just the other day. I’m happy to hear you found latsot funny – I hope whoever you gave them away to at the garage sale has looked after them. A couple of latsots were published in my book Strawberry Hills Forever, but the rest are of the past.

  4. May 3, 2012 4:09 pm

    Hi Vanessa, It’s Mel from Pivetes zine here. My friend sent me the link to the record stores post and I thought, wow, I remember a vanessa… I see you still have the old PO Box. ! I still have my psychobabbles!

    • Vanessa Berry permalink*
      May 3, 2012 6:55 pm

      Hi Mel, I still have my copies of Pivetes too! It’s good to hear from you after such a long time – yes I still have the same po box – I have had it for so long I could never say goodbye to po box 1879! It’s the longest I’ve lived anywhere.

  5. Leanne G permalink
    October 12, 2012 5:11 pm

    Hi Vanessa,

    I was very interested to hear that you sometime use a typewriter to write. Do you know of any other Sydney writers that do the same?
    We would love to interview for a television news story. Let me know of your email and i’ll give you some more details, or feel free to send me an email.

    Kind regards

  6. December 20, 2012 10:04 pm

    Hi Vanessa, Thank you for the story about Koles Foto. Amazing story indeed. I have a very strong connection to it. I walk pass the shop very often and always wanted to go in. There were many disappointment because it was always closed. Now many questions that I had have been answered.
    Thank you

  7. Kate permalink
    May 7, 2014 3:52 pm

    Hi Vanessa, I used to order all your zines through Smitten Kitten Zine Distro in the early 2000s, I think I still have most of them stashed away at my mum’s house somewhere 🙂 I have most of LATSOT (and I think I used to have a LATSOT badge too!) but I was wondering if there was any chance of getting the whole collection? Do you re-print your zines ever or just what you sell on your etsy site and at zine shops? Let me know 🙂

    • Vanessa Berry permalink*
      May 12, 2014 9:54 am

      Hi Kate, Sorry for my slow reply! No, I don’t reprint my out of print zines, the exception being Vinnies which I reprinted a few years ago. The LATSOTs are much too old to reprint… a couple of them did make it into my book Strawberry Hills Forever. Good to think that you remember Latsot after all these years! Thanks for writing.

      • Kate permalink
        March 5, 2015 4:43 pm

        Aw, shame! But I understand 🙂 I did buy the re-print of your Vinnies zine, of which I had the original, too! I loved Strawberry Hills Forever, it reminded me of LATSOT.

  8. Rebecca Doubledecka permalink
    May 22, 2014 1:39 pm

    Hi Vanessa, hopefully you’re not inundated with blog recommendations ..this one is really your cup of tea & up your alley.

    nov 2013 in particular [ see morissey’s handwriting! ]

    best regards
    Rebecca Doubledecka

    • Vanessa Berry permalink*
      May 22, 2014 10:25 pm

      It’s a great blog! I’ve only had a quick look so far but it is definitely my cup of tea. I’m going to go back to reading it now…

  9. Cam permalink
    November 23, 2016 5:49 pm

    Hello … and thanks for the Blog.

    I’ve found an old Bill Wyman single with a ‘RIPPLE Records LTD’ log on it…. do you know anything about this store/label?

    It’s a cool logo and has been a talking piece at home…

    appreciate your time and insight.

    kind regards


    • Vanessa Berry permalink*
      November 25, 2016 1:41 pm

      Hi Cam,
      I didn’t know Ripple off the top of my head but have had a little look online and it seems to be a precursor of Phantom Records – see the wikipedia entry for Phantom: – this could be the connection?

  10. Cam permalink
    November 27, 2016 11:12 am

    Vanessa, many thanks for your time…. I’ll have a look into it.



  11. May 22, 2017 7:11 pm

    I meet many people. The best I’ve met for a while and all I could offer was watermelon raspberry on a cold day!!!! LOL

  12. Arnum Endean permalink
    November 7, 2021 6:51 pm

    Hi Vanessa,
    I already have a copy of “Gentle and Fierce” but couldn’t resist asking at the bookshop of my local shopping centre today if it was in stock. A single copy in the Poetry section, keeping very fast company indeed with Sylvia Plath’s “Ariel”, Les Murray and Banjo Paterson. Kudos to you on a beautiful book.


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