Writing This Place

L to R Patricia Cornelius, Chris Thompson, Cynthia Troup, Sian Prior, Centre Mitch Welch, Bernard Caleo, Lachlan MacDowall, Tania Chandler, Justin Heazlewood not pictured.

A new project of the Arts and Culture Development Program

Writing this Place

The Arts and Cultural Development Program has enlisted ten local writers to pen a new work inspired by one of ten locations in the City of Darebin.

And why? We thought it was high time we re-looked at the City, its architectural and physical spaces, through the lens of ten highly esteemed local writers.

Each of the writers were given five weeks to complete a new work, in their unique style. This eclectic group of comics, songwriters, novelists, playwrights, screen writers, broadcasters, poets and academics have thrown themselves into creating a new narrative for the City of Darebin.

To begin the project writers were matched randomly, via Bingo to a location.  After five weeks each of the writers offered their new works at a readings event at Bundoora Homestead and Art Gallery.

Writing this Place profiles locals writers and connects them with readers and residents in the community. The project aimed to spotlight Darebin as a creative hub for writers and artists living and working in this community.

To read each of the ten works click here.

The 10 writers and the locations that inspired them:

Cynthia Troup                                Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir

Mitch Welch                                         Thornbury Bowls Club

Justin Heazlewood                                  Northcote Town Hall

Bernard Caleo                                               Darebin Parklands

Tania Chandler                                                Westgarth Cinema    

Lachlan MacDowall                                         Corner Tyler and Plenty Rd, Preston

Sian Prior                                                         Bundoora Homestead and Gallery

Eloise Young                                               Kingsbury Bowls Club

Chris Thompson                                     Pender’s Park, Thornbury

Patricia Cornelius                           All Nations Park, Northcote

Click here for each writers short biography. 

writers upstairs-gallery-bundoora-bernard-caleo crowd-shot-writing-this-place-at-bundoora-homestead group-shot-writers

group-shot-writers justin-heazlewood-1 bundoora-stained-glass cynthia-troup

patricia-cornelius lachlan-macdowall-3 tania-chandler-1 crowd-shot-at-bundoora-homestead-stairs-june-writing-this-place

Photos by Shane Bell

Enquiries – Elizabeth Welch
Producer Engagement