Week 51

Raglan

By Jessica Wilkinson

Edited by Omar Sakr

It is the story between deeply sleeping, dreaming, and waking. – Juliana Spahr Raised in the middle of slight, significant—no neighbours that the eye could see, Fiery Creek full of tadpoles and so many hills to roll down. On a mild Summer’s day I could streak laps of the house with the air whipping my […]

Week 50

Melbourne CBD

By Georgia Symons

Edited by Veronica Sullivan

  OK [1] .  [2] THIS IS A RECORDED INTERVIEW BETWEEN LEADING SENIOR CONSTABLE XXXXX AND XXXXXXX XXXXXX OF ADDRESS XXXX X XX XX XXXXXXX XXXXXX, NORTHCOTE, CONDUCTED AT THE MELBOURNE WEST POLICE COMPLEX ON XXXXXXXX XXX XXXX XX XXXXXX, XXXX.  PERSONS PRESENT ARE MY CORROBORATOR.SENIOR CONSTABLE XXXXXXX Senior Constable XXXX XXXXXXX, XXXXX. LEADING SENIOR […]

Week 49

Selby

By Lorelei Vashti

Edited by Veronica Sullivan

A pitch for an original Netflix series   SYNOPSIS: A 5-part TV series about a trendy inner-city couple in their early thirties who move to the country to achieve their lifelong dream of getting chickens.   EPISODE 1   LORELEI is housesitting interstate, trying to write her first book, when she gets a call from […]

Week 48

Hume Hwy

By Sophie Cunningham

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

1. The 1970s. We were from Hawthorn and the trip along Sydney Road to get to the Hume took us through other worlds. We’d fall silent when we passed Pentridge and I’d mouth, silently to my brother, IT’S A PRISON. A lot of the highway was single lane. Overtaking lanes were treated with reverence.  Craigieburn […]

Week 47

Flemington

By Helen Garner

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

If you happened to be driving from the city to the Melbourne Cup, you’d whisk through our shopping centre, Newmarket, in the twinkling of an eye. It’s a block and a half of Racecourse Road in Flemington, an old-fashioned street of peeling two-storey Victorian buildings. It’s got a few nice trees, but apart from its […]

Week 46

Yarra River

By Tony Birch

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

  When I was a young boy my father would take me to the Moomba festival each year. Not to witness the annual parade, but the weight-lifting events held on a rickety stage in Yarra Park. We would walk from our one-bedroom terrace in Fitzroy, through the city to the river’s edge. Obsessed with masculinity […]

Week 45

Ballarat

By Nathan Curnow, with Improvisation by Geoffrey Williams

Edited by

The Night Reverses is a unique two-man show that remixes poetry into a live music improvisation. Performing a selection of spoken word, Nathan presents Geoffrey with a high-risk challenge in front of a live audience. Upon hearing each piece for the very first time Geoffrey immediately replies, freestyling the poem into a groove via a loop machine and his […]

Week 44

Castlemaine

By Alex Miller

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

So I get on the train and sit beside the writer Carmel Bird and we talk.  Talking, we get around to favourite authors.  I tell Carmel when I’m reading the works of the Polish writer Hanna Krall I know why I write and when I stop reading her I slip back into my usual state […]

Week 43

Dandenongs

By Emilie Zoey Baker

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

  I’m always looking out for deer, searching the gaps between the tall trees, watching the road ahead, sitting still in the clearings. But they remain hidden. Worse, they’re forbidden. Stretching back their ballet-dancer ears, alert to any approaches, nibbling the undergrowth, rubbing against the aromatic sassafras. Each hair singled out by the early morning […]

Week 42

Taylors Lake

By Jean Bouchara

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

“Darling.” “Mother.” “I have a surprise for you. We bought a house!” “What? You and dad are in Syria, how did you sign a contract?” “Your uncle. Oh darling, its’ beautiful.” “Where is it?” “Huge! Five bedrooms, high ceilings, solid construction.” “Uncle George can’t read. What were the contract terms?” “It’s got a bar, a […]

Week 41

Corio

By Eloise Grills

Edited by Veronica Sullivan

Sources cited & further reading Djillong: Useful website which presents research and history of the Wadawurrung people, and timeline of interactions with European invaders. Wathaurong – The People Who Said No – prepared by Bruce Pascoe for the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative and Coast Action (2003) Wathaurong: Too Bloody Strong – Bruce Pascoe (1998) “Wetland wanderings 2 brochure.” Geelong Australia Website. “Orange-bellied […]

Week 40

Silvan

By Eliza Henry-Jones

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

I never really noticed the seasons when I lived in the suburbs. I was aware of them only in terms of the effect that they had on my body – making me shivery or flushed with heat. I did not notice the world beyond my skin – the unfurling of new leaves or the way […]

Week 39

Melbourne CBD

By Lily Keil

Edited by André Dao

The skyline from behind the Vic Market From any angle, at night, the high-rises of Melbourne’s north-western grid are mesmerising; like bioluminescent undersea worlds, they become towering symbols of the infinitely complex, unknowable nature of life on earth. But during the day, viewed from the western corner of the grid, the skyline is like a […]

Week 38

Sydney Road

By Fury

Edited by Omar Sakr

first the bridal shops women and their mothers     .    .    .    .    .      .  threading through them                                         . tinny ringing of bells                                […]

Week 37

Melbourne Star

By Toby Fehily

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

My entire day spent riding the Melbourne Star, from when it opened at 11am until it closed at 7pm, started pleasantly enough. I arrived shortly before the observation wheel opened, collected my pass from the counter and stepped into my glass-encased tomb. I did a 30-minute flight, as it’s called, taking in the sights of […]

Week 36

Tambo Upper

By Hollen Void

Edited by Veronica Sullivan

The driveway is five minutes all itself, downhill through eucalypt and uphill through casuarina. I used to think they were pine; we cut one for a Christmas tree each year. The farm-house is on a hill surrounded by cattle paddocks, rolling down from the house on all sides. Cypresses mark the fence lines near the […]

Week 35

Royal Park

By Justine Hyde and Jane Rawson

Edited by Veronica Sullivan

Jin sat on her apartment’s kitchen floor, which was also the dining room, living room and bedroom floor, and looked at her bird. It was a blackbird, which she knew because its feathers were black. It had lived with her for 47 days, and now it was dead.   The blackbird was dead because Jin […]

Week 34

Port Phillip Bay

By Mitchell Welch

Edited by André Dao

i. The Prehistoric Age The age of The barbigerous The Brobdingnagian Marsupial King of Nairm Begins its descent with nascent Primitive sands vomiting saltbush Into the dry basin’s brackish puddles From bald rookeries and future beaches. From the dribble-of-a-river’s furthest reaches, Formations of preexisting rock put a squeeze on Fossil remains of proto-ancient critters predisposed, […]

Week 33

Springvale

By Roj Amedi

Edited by Omar Sakr

  My mother broke her back trying to do the impossible:   grow us new tongues crack into new bones. In Springvale I foraged the streets for low hanging fruits. Floating   back and forth. See Iraq with black and white vision. There are no new   images. Peer through the window at abundance, a […]

Week 32

Birchip

By Kelly Fleidner

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

It appeared one day in 1991 and some people will tell you that it happened overnight, like magic. Others will say that it was commissioned by the Birchip Promotion and Development Committee and unveiled by Councillor John, “…or was it Josh, or maybe even Julie”. Either way, it ended up taking pride of place in […]

Week 31

Great Ocean Road

By Jes Layton

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

  The Great Ocean Road waxes, wanes and stretches out across the eroding spine of Victoria’s coastline. Its movements are a comfort, familiar, so much so that Tamar doesn’t even notice the rain until they’re driving through it. Past the empty paddocks, blurry road sign after blurry road sign, distances and destinations escaping their eye […]

Week 30

Footscray

By Alice Pung

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

  Christopher foraged through the Spoils of bankrupted retailers Finding the finest clothes, curtains and sheets For his people across the brackish river They called him ‘The People’s Draper.’ This city once wore white gloves That you could buy from Forges The West’s Own Department Store Even tossers from the other side of town Knew […]

Week 29

1000 Steps

By Louise Omer

Edited by Veronica Sullivan

  She leans her head against hard glass, her body swaying with the train’s long metal shimmy. Eyes closed, sunlight flickering softly through eucalyptus leaves. Her limbs buzz – they have been too long beneath fluoro lights, too long in workplace stillness. This is her first chance to throw off the city like a heavy […]

Week 28

Balaclava

By Christy Collins

Edited by Veronica Sullivan

Instantly impressive from the very first step, this freestanding single-fronted Victorian features an expansive kitchen, entertaining space for children and pets. with private remote garage for one of south- eastern Melbourne’s most thriving locations Elevated setting allows for alfresco relaxing in large floor-to-ceiling cupboards and built-in sunshine creates a sense of tranquility with private outlooks. […]

Week 27

Mount Donna Buang

By Laurence Leung

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

Every winter, my parents wrapped my brother and I in mittens, beanies and ski gear that made us look like polyester sumo wrestlers. We piled into the Volvo and took off to the greatest ski resort of my childhood: Mt Donna Buang.   Okay, it was the only ski resort of my childhood. Oh, and […]

Week 26

Hexham

By Bonny Cassidy

Edited by André Dao

You know before you arrive that ‘the last corroboree was staged in 1862, about two miles outside Hexham, for the amusement of the white conquerors’.[1] There are a lot of lasts around here, after all: the type you find on obelisks and studio portraits, they pass unseen (‘let others tell the tale I cannot’).[2]   […]

Week 25

Fitzroy North

By Vidya Rajan

Edited by Veronica Sullivan

Estragon leans against a trestle table of children’s picture books. He turns an envelope over in his hands. The envelope is unstamped. He is third in line.   The line doesn’t move. Outside the sun hangs lower in the sky. The line doesn’t move. Exhausted, he puts the envelope in his bag. The line moves […]

Week 24

City of Dandenong

By Marta Skrabacz

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

In third-grade, my teacher Mr Collins asked us all to submit floorplans of our houses. I think we were learning about ratio and scale. While in hindsight this project seems sinister – why really would our teacher want us to hand in something so private, and why didn’t my parents question this? – I submitted […]

Week 23

Fitzroy

By Nayuka Gorrie

Edited by Omar Sakr

The days before I left Fitzroy I tried to do all of my favourite things there. I’m prone to sentimentality and wanted to savour every moment. When I shaved my head at the start of the year I nervously went to Marios, my then local, hoping they wouldn’t make a scene about my hair. The […]

Week 22

Collingwood

By Nam Le

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

(A song cycle in 5 parts) I You’d think the fell they monged would be day’s cut, mountain ash & red gum, hard lumber sluiced down the river named Falls, over the falls named Dight, to the shallows     or failing that, fell as in hill as in   that fell up the Slope from the Flat […]

Week 21

North Melbourne

By Anna Horan

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

Our house was at the bottom of a sloping street. A converted cream workers’ cottage, turned into a 2-storey terrace. It had a creaky iron gate that never closed, and a reddish brown front door that required a key-jiggle in the lock to get in. Encased in a bluestone fence and too-steep stone steps out […]

Week 20

Footscray

By Maxine Beneba Clarke

Edited by André Dao

elias and i at the train station his arm draped slack round my neck the train cops asking-asking hey miss is everything alright like they can’t see elias is with me and that we’re both fucken fried             he’s my boyfriend he’s with me he’s with me everything is fine but elias runs underneath the […]

Week 19

Werribee

By Khalid Warsame

Edited by Omar Sakr

As I put on my shoes, I hear again the voice of Abu-Umar, Sheikh One-Sermon as we called him, claiming that a white couple once converted to Islam because he was an honest used-car salesman. They were so astounded by his honesty that they demanded to have him over for dinner, and over months, he […]

Week 18

Ventnor

By Bernard Caleo

Edited by André Dao
Week 17

Hoppers Crossing

By Fatima Measham

Edited by André Dao

Suburbs are living stories. They have a beginning, or several beginnings, depending on where you start. Characters appear and depart. Things change: an arc. A suburb is retold again and again, like mythology, made constant and new­. One story about Hoppers Crossing rests on the name. The old road from Geelong intersects with a train […]

Week 16

Geelong

By Jo Langdon

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

Rush of ascension, to know this kind of high—height—& falling, the sky’s pulse yours, this lift & freight: ‘famed aeronaut’ three times thwarted: days of rain a weight in canvas & silk, until— [May 17, 1890] —the balloon made of Irish linen & measured                       […]

Week 15

City of Whitehorse

By Fiona Hardy

Edited by André Dao

On a cloudy Tuesday in October, Coral waited on the platform at Blackburn station in the same salmon-pink pantsuit she had worn to Mac’s funeral six weeks earlier. Though she had worried that someone might tell her it was an inappropriate outfit for the occasion, despite being his favourite colour on her, no one had […]

Week 14

Echuca

By Sofie Laguna

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

When I was choosing the setting for my novel, The Choke, I was interested in a rural area somewhere on the Murray River. I knew nature was going to be important to my central character, ten-year-old Justine Lee. I learned that Barmah, just north of the border with NSW, and only 230 km’s from Melbourne, was […]

Week 13

MCG

By Angela Pippos

Edited by Veronica Sullivan

It was always on. Every summer. The soundtrack of the holiday season coming from a small television in the corner of the lounge room. Even in non-sporty households the Boxing Day Test at the MCG was compulsory viewing – or at least it was compulsory to tune in, like somehow it was understood that it […]

Week 12

Merri Creek

By Hannah Donnelly

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

Tully is standing in line with the other girls. Since signing up she’d been told she would be relocated at the next community meeting.  A few days ago she had travelled to the station with a group she didn’t recognise, headphones in, eyes unfocussed, hoods up. On the short bus ride they passed new demolished […]

Week 11

Dandenong

By Bobuq Sayed

Edited by Omar Sakr

When silence settles over the house once again, Farya quietly opens the door to the boys’ room and watches them sleep through the crack. The covers have been kicked to the perimeter of the bed, carving angels out of the sheets. Farya stalks into the room and lifts the doona back up to cover their […]

Week 10

Balwyn

By Chris Womersley

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

If there is despair here, it is of the manicured, medicated variety. Windows glint in the sunlight, there are lovely nature-strips. I wander down to the oval where I played football for several years with the Balwyn Tigers, for it’s around here that my memories of the suburb seem to coalesce. It’s school holidays, there […]

Week 9

Bairnsdale

By Jonno Revanche

Edited by Omar Sakr

The house replays Nan her circular patterns of speech, like the living room caught wind of her lineage and wanted to listen in There are mid-century pallets on floors, and garish colours that pale everyone who enters becomes a witness to automatic narration A name is a gift, I think. I appreciate the filial ceremony […]

Week 8

Brunswick

By Ellena Savage

Edited by André Dao

It’s kind of a cliché now to talk about how you can’t afford to live in the city you love or the city that made you or the city you need to be in for things to make sense. There’s just no point in dwelling on it. Things change. Mostly for the worse? Feel free […]

Week 7

Ramsay Street

By Sinead Stubbins

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

On a street that doesn’t exist but does exist – not just in a ‘This Is Not A Pipe’ smug way, but in a you can send mail there and everything, way – live several families who hate each other. They hate each other for reasons that we can’t remember and reasons that sometimes they […]

Week 6

Wangaratta

By Andy Connor

Edited by Veronica Sullivan

My revenge against Wang has been to reduce it to a series of humorous anecdotes. I know just how to tell them. There’s the one about how the local technical college used to be called Wangaratta King College, which they eventually changed because … wang-king college, you get it. There’s the one about how I […]

Week 5

Preston

By Rajith Savanadasa

Edited by André Dao

For once, Suriyan’s not late when he gets on the bus at Northland Shopping Centre and off at the corner of the Town Hall, saying: ‘Thanks, chum! Thank you,’ and waving at the driver. With time to spare he decides to buy some vadai or pan rolls to share among those he’s meeting. He crosses […]

Week 4

Westgate Bridge

By Rijn Collins

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

His present to me that year was the West Gate Bridge. Just before Christmas on our first date, I’d asked where he lived, expecting one of the inner northern suburbs that usually made up my dating pool. “Sunshine”, was his answer. I must have looked bewildered. ‘Deep west’, was his explanation. When I asked a […]

Week 3

Albion

By David Nicholls

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

No-one knows where Albion is, and being 7 km south of similarly-sounding St Albans doesn’t help matters (yes, I did just help you locate it). No, northsiders, when I say I live in Albion I’m not saying I live on Albion Road, Brunswick: been there, done that. Albion is essentially Sunshine, or rather, it would […]

Week 2

Wye River

By Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Edited by Sophie Cunningham

From just up here on the olive lip of mountain mileage that pooling mouth below, half salt but also hill-fresh, could seem a lagoon. On its low point surmounting asphalt and the roll of waves sits the verandaed pub, plain focus of holiday shorescape. During the great forest fires  decades of my sap ago, bluegum […]

Week 1

Saint Kilda

By Yamiko Marama

Edited by Elizabeth Flux

Living in St Kilda is like living in permanent holiday mode, where your real, alternate world can’t touch you with its grubby, stress-saturated hands. I can’t tell you the exact date that I moved in, not even the vague sense of the month or season, yet it’s become a familiar ritual as I make my […]