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Addi Road Writers’ Festival reboots what a literary event can be

Addi Road Writers’ Festival 2022 returns on Saturday 14 May, and it is back bigger and bolder in its second annual incarnation.  The theme this year is ‘New Lines’. Artistic Directors Mark Mordue and Sheila Ngoc Pham promise, “New lines of conversation and inquiry. New lines in how we might live better, from responding to inequality to […]

Directors’ Statement for Addi Road Writers’ Festival 2022

No one can escape the reality of how strange and difficult these times have been. War, Covid, climate change. And that persistent feeling our digital communications are polarising attitudes to everything from politics to telling a joke. Claustrophobia and oppression can seem the order of the day. Pulling the masks (actual and virtual) from our […]

Taking it to the Streets – Osmond Chiu

By MARK MORDUE It was International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Monday. Down at what’s affectionately known as Addi Road in Marrickville, a community is weaving itself together, celebrating the day despite a drizzly early morning start in Sydney. People are everywhere, enjoying a playful photoshoot that puns off ‘Addi Road meets […]

Nourishing the Frontlines at RPA Hospital

By MARK MORDUE It’s 2:37 am and a message pings through on Addi Road’s Instagram feed. Someone is awake late into the night, and they want to communicate with us. We won’t see the message from the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital in Camperdown till the following morning. “I am a midwife on the Postnatal […]

Addi Road highly commended in 2021 Sustainable Cities Awards

By MARK MORDUE Addison Road Community Organisation was Highly Commended as a finalist in the ‘Resource Recovery and Waste Management’ category of the Sustainable Cities Awards 2021. Run by Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, the awards took note of our hugely successful food rescue program.   It’s now understood that one of the most effective individual actions […]

Addi Road wins 2021 NSW International Student Community Engagement Award 

By MARK MORDUE Addison Road Community Organisation has been honoured with a 2021 NSW International Student Community Engagement Award. It recognises the “solidarity and aid” we offered international students.   In the aftermath of the first lockdown in 2020, we began helping hundreds of students left abandoned by casual job losses (without recourse to any government […]

Hampers of Hope

Monday to Friday, 13-17 December @Addi Road Story by MARK MORDUE The candle burns down on 2021. All of a sudden Christmas and the New Year are with us again. And with Omicron comes that sinking feeling, not a lot has changed as the pandemic continues to affect our lives. Yet this time of year […]

Ten Ordinary Men – The ANZACS of Addison Road

Inside this book are the stories of ten ordinary men. None of them especially distinguished before, during or after World War One. Men who were here at Addison Road — briefly — then gone: to other camps in Australia; to battlefields in Europe and the Middle East; or to early graves in foreign soil. Ten […]

A poem by Inner West writer Mark Mordue – #boysarepoeticbeings

I believe in the beauty of boys, their grace, their poetry, their bicycles, their secret worlds in lanes and back streets, the rush of their lives beneath trees and on concrete, their scraped knees, their chipped skateboards, their prayers and their lies, I believe in their shouts c’mon to one another, cursed graffiti in the […]

Waterloo Sunset

By Mark Mordue I’m sitting here watching the world slide by. Tower blocks loom. It’s a beautiful day. A few kids on skateboards and scooters grind across Waterloo Fernside Skatepark in Sydney. There’s not much history to the place that I can find. Just what can be glimpsed on YouTube videos, or is writ on […]