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Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 Melbourne
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Sophie Cunningham writes a year in the city's life, a year that takes us from the heatwave that culminated on Black Saturday when temperatures soared to 47 degrees to the destructive deluge of a hailstorm. She walks through Melbourne's oldest suburb to its largest market, she goes to the footy and to the comedy festival, she talks publishing and learns how to use a letterpress. Along the way she journeys deep into her own recollections of the city she grew up in, and tells stories from its history: the theft of Picasso's Weeping Woman, the Hoddle Street massacre, William Barak's trek from Healesville, the Westgate Bridge Disaster, the high drama of the 1970 and 2009 AFL grand finals and the Market Murders of the sixties. She strolls by Melbourne's rivers and creeks while considering the history of the wetlands and river that sit at Melbourne's heart. She clambers through the drains that lie beneath. For it is water - the corralling of it, the excess of it, the squandering of it, the lack of it - that defines Melbourne's history, its present and its future (publisher website).

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Melbourne, City of Literature Jackie Lamoureux , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: World Literature Today , March vol. 90 no. 2 2016; (p. 5)
In Which Travel is Boring Ellena Savage , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 32-33)

— Review of The Songlines Bruce Chatwin , 1987 single work prose ; Small Indiscretions : Stories of Travel in Asia Felicity Castagna , 2011 selected work short story ; Melbourne Sophie Cunningham , 2011 single work prose
Armchair Journey Bruce Elder , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 22 October 2011; (p. 5) The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 October 2011; (p. 5)

— Review of Melbourne Sophie Cunningham , 2011 single work prose
Secret Tales, Sublime Charms Peter Craven , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 October 2011; (p. 36)

— Review of Melbourne Sophie Cunningham , 2011 single work prose
Writing the City Sally Heath (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 70 no. 3 2011; (p. 179-189)
'The brief to 'write about the city you live in' has produced diverse books by five Australian writers. Another has just started to contemplate the process. The cities series was the brainchild of University of New South Wales Press, with Peter Timms' Hobart the first in the series to be published, in 2009. In 2010 Matthew Condon wrote Brisbane and Delia Falconer Sydney. Sophie Cunningham's Melbourne has just been published, and Adelaide by Kerryn Goldsworthy is due out in October. Paul Daley has just been commissioned to produce 'Canberra'. The series will continue around the country. The authors and I conducted an email conversation about the project, of which and edited version is presented here.' (p. 178)
Secret Melbourne Andrew Stephens , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 2 July 2011; (p. 14-16)

— Review of Melbourne Sophie Cunningham , 2011 single work prose
Melbourne in Essence Robert Hefner , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 30 July 2011; (p. 27)

— Review of Melbourne Sophie Cunningham , 2011 single work prose
Streets of Our Own Kate Holden , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 6 August 2011; (p. 25)

— Review of Melbourne Sophie Cunningham , 2011 single work prose
Narrow Vision Results in Free Kick for Melbourne's Mockers Peter Pierce , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6-7 August 2011; (p. 22-23)

— Review of Melbourne Sophie Cunningham , 2011 single work prose
Review of the Week Waleed Aly , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 14 August 2011; (p. 20)

— Review of Melbourne Sophie Cunningham , 2011 single work prose
Beneath the Covers of a Studious City Jane Sullivan , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 13 August 2011; (p. 34)
Writing the City Sally Heath (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 70 no. 3 2011; (p. 179-189)
'The brief to 'write about the city you live in' has produced diverse books by five Australian writers. Another has just started to contemplate the process. The cities series was the brainchild of University of New South Wales Press, with Peter Timms' Hobart the first in the series to be published, in 2009. In 2010 Matthew Condon wrote Brisbane and Delia Falconer Sydney. Sophie Cunningham's Melbourne has just been published, and Adelaide by Kerryn Goldsworthy is due out in October. Paul Daley has just been commissioned to produce 'Canberra'. The series will continue around the country. The authors and I conducted an email conversation about the project, of which and edited version is presented here.' (p. 178)
Melbourne, City of Literature Jackie Lamoureux , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: World Literature Today , March vol. 90 no. 2 2016; (p. 5)
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