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These Recent Memories: 1917

Lately I have been thinking about place and time and the proximity to memory (whether personal or public). When I moved to a new area a few years ago I found a history half way between restoration and abandonment. It called to me and now I’m searching. I have found small memories left behind by someone and they are beginning to stitch themselves into the skins of  my new characters, evolving into something new, something that reminds you that they have never gone away. These memories are a link to a link to a link, forming the patterns of images, ideas and words until eventually (I assume) I have completed the second project.

Take this memory: these women. this place.

Mont Park Asylum and nurses. Circa 1917

Mont Park Asylum and nurses. Circa 1917. SLV digital collection  http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/9629

Take this memory:

Mont Park exterior of hospital. A tour of sorts. Image from SLV collection

Mont Park exterior of hospital. A tour of sorts. Image from SLV digital collection

Take this memory: these women return

Mont Park Interior. Circa 1917. Image from SLV digital collection

Mont Park Interior. Circa 1917. Image from SLV digital collection

Something links to a link to a link to a link…

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writer, observer, reader, procrastinator. My debut novel, See What I Have Done, will be released April 2017 with Hachette (ANZ), Tinder Press (UK), Grove Atlantic (US), Piper Verlag (German), Editions Payot & Rivages (French), Hollands Diep (Dutch), Edizioni Piemme (Italian), GW Foksal (Polish)

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