Snapshots from a Sydney summer

My recent publications
My recent publications

I didn’t seem to experience much by way of post-trip blues, because I came back to Sydney at its best. Although I always write about places far away rather than here, it’s not because I don’t like it. In fact, I feel very lucky that this is my hometown and Sydney always compares well when I hold it up against other cities around the world. Even though it has its share of problems, like racist tirades on buses (which I’ve also personally experienced at times), it’s a good place to live overall.

There are certain times of the year which are better than others – and a Sydney summer is unbeatable when it’s a properly steamy one. In fact, this year we experienced the hottest day on record, as well as a couple of other scorchers. Punctuated by bouts of heavy summer rain.

Many of the good times I’ve had were due to the Sydney Festival (see photos below), which is always fun and stimulating and this year was even better than usual – special mention to Concrete and Bone Sessions which was dazzling. The mix of dance, movement, BMX, skateboarding and parkour was wild.

January was also a busy month for socialising, and a lot of my best moments was seeing friends over good food and great music. But maybe the biggest highlight was seeing some of my creative nonfiction pieces in print, which will have effects that go far beyond this summer. In between busy moments I find myself dreaming about writing projects, and I think this year is going to be even better than last year, creatively speaking. I’ve used my recent publications to apply for a special writing program, and I’ll find out if I’m successful in coming months.

At the moment I’ve been madly busy with a special radio project which I’m on the eve of completing. Our digital radio pop-up station for Lunar New Year on ABC Extra went live on Friday at 4pm, and includes an hour-long program where I speak to various Asian-Australian artists and curators. I’m not sure that I have much on an on-mic career, but it’s great to have the opportunity to present. And our Sunday morning national two hour radio program is going live from 10am on all local radio stations. I lined up lots of guests including Senator Penny Wong, which I’m pretty chuffed about. Fingers crossed it all goes well tomorrow morning which is the first day of the Year of the Snake. Happy New Year! Chuc mung nam moi! I hope it’s a good year for you all.

Balmoral Beach
On the hottest day of the year, I went to beautiful Balmoral Beach after work with a friend for a long overdue catch-up over dinner
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at Festival First Night
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at Festival First Night
Micro parks
Performance in one of Erskineville’s ‘Micro Parks’
Concrete and Bone Sessions
Concrete and Bone Sessions at Dulwich Hill Skatepark
Dirty Projectors at the Opera House
Dirty Projectors at the Opera House
Jumbo vegetables at Ikea, just some of the many oversized items for sale…
Rubber duck
…and a jumbo rubber duck at Darling Harbour
Lianne la Havas
Lianne la Havas at the Spiegel Tent in Parramatta. She was awesome. And only 23!
yMusic at the Spiegel Tent in Parramatta. Hipsters.
Joe Pernice and Norman Blake
I came back once last time to Parramatta to see Joe Pernice and Norman Blake at the Spiegel Tent…
Fish head curry
…followed by fish head curry with friends at bustling Temasek
Waste Not
Waste Not by Song Dong at Carriageworks
Snake Snake Snake
At the Snake Snake Snake exhibition with curator Kate Croll, Sydney Town Hall
Happy new year
Happy new year from Chinatown, Sydney. Chuc mung nam moi!

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