I am a Melbourne writer of fiction and non-fiction. I am the author of three books: the memoir Melbourne Circle: Walking, Memory and Loss (2020) and the novels Death of a Typographer (2019) and Ghostlines (2008). All are currently in print and published by Australian Scholarly Publishing.
Melbourne Circle: Walking, Memory and Loss combines memoir and psychogeography. It describes a two-year walk around the Melbourne suburbs in search of lost places and forgotten stories, in the company of my late wife Lynne. You can buy the book here, here, here or ask at your local bookshop.
Here is the audio of an interview with Hilary Harper on Life Matters, ABC Radio National in which I talk about psychogeography, urban walking, and how I came to write the book.
Death of a Typographer is a novel about fonts. It was shortlisted for a Ned Kelly Award for crime fiction in 2020. Kerryn Goldsworthy described it as “Clever, stylish and very funny” – The Age/Sydney Morning Herald.
My first novel Ghostlines (first published 2008, republished 2020) won a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and a Ned Kelly Award.
My essays and articles have appeared in Meanjin, Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings, Elsewhere: a Journal of Place, The Guardian and several anthologies.
I am the author of the blog Melbourne Circle, and I won the Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize in 2015 for an essay about the western suburbs of Melbourne titled ‘A Landscape of Stories’, published in Griffith Review.
I have previously been writer-in-residence at the Mildura Writers Festival (2016) and have appeared at numerous writers’ festivals including the Melbourne Writers Festival, Write Around the Murray Festival, Williamstown Literary Festival, the Crime and Justice Festival and Aireys Festival of Words.
Feel free to get in touch: nickgadd [@] optusnet.com.au.