Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham is the author of six books including City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest (Text, 2020). She is also the editor of the collection Fire, Flood, Plague: Australian writers respond to 2020 (Vintage, 2020).


Biyala Stories

GR OnlineONE DAY LAST August I was standing on the banks of Moonee Ponds Creek, near Racecourse Road in Flemington, in the gap between two overpasses. I was looking at several river red gums. The trees were still young, maybe...

Sitting with difficult things

EssayAS A CHILD in the early 1970s I would sometimes overhear my parents discussing how much commercial television I should be allowed to watch. The shows in question included Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie, Lost in Space and The Brady Bunch....

How to draw a tree

MemoirDEPENDING ON YOUR definitions, this particular essay has taken three months to write and the book of essays that it’s a part of has taken – again, depending on your definitions – five years. Saplings grow far more quickly than my...


Essay'On opening the bathroom door, I saw that the roof was off that part of the house and when I opened the door the ceiling of the room also disappeared; we then went to the toilet which was next...

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