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by Bronwyn Rennex
posted 23/09/2020

Arts Wednesday – 23 September – Vanessa Berry

Presented by Bronwyn Rennex

On today’s show I play an interview with artist and writer Vanessa Berry.

Vanessa works with history, memory and archive. She is the author of Mirror Sydney: an atlas of reflections (Giramondo 2017), a collection of essays and hand drawn maps that investigate the city’s marginal places and undercurrents. She also produces a Mirror Sydney Blog and podcast. I play an excerpt from the podcast too – about one of my favourite places, Tempe Tip.

photo by Vanessa Berry from Mirror Sydney blog

We chat about some recent projects Vanessa has been involved in, including  a stint as Visiting Writer at the State Library of NSW working on an essay commissioned by the Sydney Review of Books – and another piece commissioned by the State Archives and Sydney Living Museums for their exhibition  A thousand words.

We also discuss Sydney Review of Books‘ current fundraising campaign and the important work they do promoting writers and thinkers.

Today’s music has mostly been sourced from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings – a treasure trove of all sorts of musics and sounds – across time and place. Well worth a visit.

Thanks for listening. I hope you enjoy the show.

If you want to listen again go to the Arts Wednesday page on the Eastside website.

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