Writing the Suburbs

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A portrait of Nick Gadd

Nick Gadd
16 September 2018 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Nick Gadd
The much-maligned Australian suburbs contain intriguing features that can be the starting points for stories. Hone your eyes to old signage, details of architecture, edgelands, landscapes of loss, and the poetry of the everyday.

Inspired by the Situationists and the idea of psychogeography, we will investigate how ordinary places are rich source material. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry or memoir, insights from this workshop will stimulate ideas. Includes a workshop, writing time and a walk. Presented in partnership with the City of Stonnington Library and Information Service.

You will learn

  • How to find inspiration for your work in local suburban environments
  • how to fill your writing with carefully-observed, unique details
  • how to bring suburban scenes and settings to life in your novel, memoir, essay or poem
  • how to uncover stories behind suburban locations
  • how to give your writing a strong sense of place.

About Nick Gadd

Nick Gadd is the author of ‘Ghostlines’ (Scribe, 2008), which won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript in 2007 and a Ned Kelly Award for best first crime novel. He has written non-fiction about signwriting and psychogeography for ‘Meanjin’, ‘Kill Your Darlings’, ‘Griffith Review’ and ‘The Guardian’. Nick was the 2015 winner of the Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize and was shortlisted in the essay category of the Melbourne Prize for Literature in 2015. He wrote the blog Melbourne Circle about a two-year walk around Melbourne. He lives in Yarraville.

Want to know more about how Nick finds inspiration in the everyday? We chatted all about that and more with him.

Prahran Library
180 Greville St
Prahran, VIC 3181-3000

Phone: 390947855
Event registration fee
Concession member $ 135.00
Member $ 145.00
Non-member $ 195.00

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