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In Sydney I grew up with my parents' stories as the ghostly backbone of the city, the warmth of the vanished art and drug culture shimmering just out of reach in the laneways behind Oxford Street or somewhere in the sandstone prison walls of East Sydney Tech. A decaying Martin Sharp print, a wedding present from the artist, leaned up against the wall of my dad's shed; he would tell stories about taking me as an infant to visit Robert Klippel, who burst into tears when he heard my name. My mother would invoke her time spent in the hippy-era Greek Islands, tales complete with run-ins with Leonard Cohen as well as a man who was later arrested as part of the Manson Family Killings.


  • Epigraph: “I fantasised again and again our street with its centre parking metres, the green carpet in the hall, the flattened square of sunlight that hit the wall of the first landing of the stairs, and my room with its blue floor and thin red curtain, oh the joy of going home, it choked me in the throat. Not a person. A place.”

    —Helen Garner, Monkey Grip

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    y separately published work icon The Lifted Brow no. 19 September 2013 7881116 2013 periodical issue 2013 pg. 16-19
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