Leaving St Kilda cemetery, we headed south down Hotham Street, towards St Kilda East. This part of suburban Melbourne – St Kilda East heading into Balaclava – has a lot to offer, when you tune in to it – diverse architecture, appealing old signage, and suburban oddities of various kinds. Continue reading
One of the pleasures of walking the suburbs is making unexpected connections. Sometimes it’s a ghostsign – like the ‘Dr Morse’ sign that I first noticed in North Melbourne, which popped up again in Fitzroy and on a cafe wall in Abbotsford. Sometimes an architectural feature – the ‘barley sugar’ columns that I was unaware of until I spotted them on 1930s flats in South Yarra now keep turning up everywhere. And sometimes it’s a person whose life I find myself intersecting with as I walk. Whether we realise it or not, a passage through the city is a succession of encounters with countless individuals, celebrated, notorious or unknown. Continue reading
If you’d like to get up close and personal with Melbourne Circle, come along to our session at Williamstown Literary Festival on Saturday 18 June at 2pm. I will be chatting to Chris Ringrose about ghostsigns, psychogeography and how ordinary places can trigger the literary imagination. I always enjoy meeting readers, so come along for the session and stick around for a chat afterwards. The event is titled ‘Walking and writing the suburbs’ and you get an early bird discount ($10 tix) if you book before 31 May. Other fab writers at the festival include Andy Griffiths, George Megalogenis, Arnold Zable and stacks more. Book here!
Streets are landscapes of loss. Alongside the buildings and people who currently occupy them, the vehicles, street furniture and signage, there are ghosts of buildings that have been altered or destroyed, traces of businesses that have closed, people who have come and gone, countless variations small and large that are always in process. This is particularly evident in a walk along Chapel Street Prahran. Continue reading