I’m Nick Gadd, a writer from Melbourne. This is a blog about writing, writers, books, literary festivals, language, art and artists, and other things as they occur to me. My other blog, Melbourne Circle, is about psychogeography and exploring the suburbs of Melbourne on foot.
In May 2015 I was the winner of the Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize for an essay about place, ‘A Landscape of Stories’. In September 2015 I was shortlisted for the Writers’ Prize in the Melbourne Prize for Literature. Both these essays were explorations of the stories embedded in suburban Melbourne.
In January 2015 my novella was shortlisted for a Viva La Novella Award by Seizure Press.
My first novel, Ghostlines, published by Scribe won a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award in 2007 and a Ned Kelly Award for best first fiction in 2009. More recently my writing has appeared in The Guardian, Elsewhere: a Journal of Place, Eureka Street, Melbourne Subjective, Stereostories, Writer’s Edit and The Footy Almanac.
I have taught in the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at Box Hill TAFE and spoken at literary events including Melbourne Writers Festival (2008), Crime and Justice Festival (2009), Williamstown Literary Festival (2009), Aireys Festival of Words (2009). and the Big West Festival (2011).
My main blogging activities these days take place over at Melbourne Circle, where I am engaged in walking around the suburbs of Melbourne in a big circle, writing about ghost signs, architecture, social history and lost greyhound racing tracks. Melbourne Circle was highly commended by the judges in the Thiel Grant for Online Writing in March 2015.
Feel free to Email me or leave a comment below.