Vanessa Berry is a Sydney writer and artist who works with history, memory and archives. She is the author of the memoir Ninety9 (Giramondo 2013), the ‘autobiographical almanac’ Strawberry Hills Forever (Local Consumption 2007) and Mirror Sydney (Giramondo 2017), an essayistic atlas exploring the city’s marginal places and undercurrents. The book, which grew out of a blog of the same name she began in 2012, won the 2018 Mascara Review’s Avant-garde Award for nonfiction. Her zines and hand-drawn maps have been exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Sydney. Her longest-running zine, I Am a Camera, was first issued in 1999.


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