Sonic City Sydney by Spineless Wonders

Chippendale Memories

Cnr Myrtle and Pine Sts, Chippendale

Words by Brenda Saunders | Sounds by Owen Palma

The wheel-barrow races were the most exciting part of our visit… we all took turns racing down Myrtle street, with only a rope to steer the way.

A vivid recollection from childhood, a visual memoir of the happy times visiting my Aboriginal family in Myrtle Street.

About the Artists

BRENDA SAUNDERS is a prize-winning Wiradjuri writer and artist. Her third poetry collection, Inland Sea was published in 2021 (Ginninderra Press) and her poetry and reviews appear regularly in anthologies and journals both on-line and in print, including Best Australian Prose Poems, 2020 (Melbourne University Press) and Best Australian Science Writing 2021 (New South Publishing). Brenda’s microfiction has been developed into short films by Microflix Festival and Voices of Women 2021 and several public audio projects for Spineless Wonders.

OWEN PALMA is a Sydney-based guitarist and composer with an innovative
and eclectic range. He has managed and played with several bands and his three
CD collections have been well received due to his virtuosic skill and
comprehensive exploration of modern classical modes and rhythms. His sound
designs and compositions for poetry and other spoken word projects are
available on YouTube

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Stories and sounds of Sydney. Sonic City Sydney is a series of audio-stories, each under five minutes in length, produced by Spineless Wonders and Echidna Audio and funded by the City of Sydney.