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. I’m not here much these days as my main blogging activity takes place over at my other blog, Melbourne Circle, which is all about psychogeography and exploring the suburbs of Melbourne on foot.

In 2016 I will be the writer in residence at Mildura Writers Festival. If you are a Mildura local and have ideas for intriguing places I should visit and write about, please email me.

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 Griffith ReviewThe Guardian, Elsewhere: a Journal of PlaceEureka 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).

Feel free to Email me or leave a comment below.

6 Responses to “About”

  1. Dear Nick

    Very professional blog, with some great, in-depth reviews.


  2. […] Nick Gadd is the author of the award-winning novel Ghostlines.  His daughter Genny’s musical tastes these days include The Beatles, The Ramones and Elliot Smith. […]

  3. Margie said

    Just finished reading Ghostlines which I loved. Bought it at the Anglesea Opshop, tickled to find the original receipt within, bought in Aireys Inlet.
    Just wondered if there was a second novel in the pipeline?
    Thanks for the great read and tour of the western suburbs.

    • nickgadd said

      Hi Margie, Thanks for writing – I’m very glad you enjoyed the book! There will be more novels one day but these days I’m writing a lot of non-fiction, including essays which have appeared in journals and anthologies, and my blog Melbourne Circle about urban exploration and social history, so do pop over to and check it out. Best wishes, Nick

  4. ‘A Landscape of Stories’ – earthy and brilliant. Ate it for breakfast. Or perhaps it ate me. Deeply satisfying.
    Annah Faulkner (author)

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