Contributor: Vanessa Berry

Vanessa Berry is a writer and artist. She is the author of three books: Mirror Sydney; the collection Strawberry Hills Forever (2007, Local Consumption); and Ninety9 (2013, Giramondo) – a memoir of growing up in the 1990s. Her current major work is the Sydney psychogeography blog Mirror Sydney.

Mirror Sydney: Memorial Stores

Artist, essayist and DIY map-maker Vanessa Berry takes us on an alternative tour of Sydney's lost and abandoned places in her blog, Mirror Sydney. Here, against the backdrop of a rapidly transforming urbanism, we bring you an excerpt from her new book of the same name – a timely meditation on place and time propelled by childhood memories and urban wanderings.