Author Vanessa Berry will be talking about her new book Mirror Sydney at Rockdale Library – Bayside Library. A selection of her maps will also be on display from 28 November to 15 December at Mascot Library & George Hanna Memorial Museum.
Through her delicately wrought essays and hand-drawn maps, Berry describes her encounters with unusual, forgotten or abandoned places in Sydney to create an alternative city, a ‘Mirror Sydney’, illuminated by memory and imagination.
If you do make it to Mascot don’t forgot to check out the museum’s latest exhibition We are here: the history of Bayside as told through maps.
About the author
Vanessa Berry is a Sydney writer and artist who works with history, memory and archives. She is the author of the memoir Ninety 9 (Giramondo 2013), the essay collection Strawberry Hills Forever (Local Consumption 2007), and the zine I Am a Camera (1999–2017). Since 2012 she has been writing the blog Mirror Sydney, on which this book is based, exploring the city’s marginal places and undercurrents. Her zines and hand-drawn maps have been exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Sydney.
Image: Detail from Vanessa Berry’s Mirror Sydney, courtesy Bayside Council