Kings Bloody Cross: The Dirty Half Mile

Kings Bloody Cross - The Dirty Half Mile
03 Jun 2017
11:15 - 12:30
The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross NSW 2011


Trawling through the once alleyways of sleazy splendour, the history of Australian literature unfolds: from Patrick White to Kenneth Slessor, Barry Humphries, Frank Moorhouse, Louis Nowra and Mandy Sayer. "Every important Australian writer at one time stayed here or wrote about it," Nowra says, citing Kings Cross as a source of inspiration for some of Australia’s most notorious scribblers. In 2003, Sayer and Nowra commented, "Kings Cross is both a real place and a state of mind”, likening the creative asylum to the bohemian enclaves of Soho and Greenwich Village. (Sydney Morning Herald, 2003)

Now, post lockout war and gentrification boom, the dirty half mile is fading.

Will we still write about it? 

Host: James Valentine
Guest: Louis Nowra and Mandy Sayer

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This session is part of a curated season of raw and riveting 'in conversation' events featuring Kings Cross luminaries. Rub shoulders with artists, idealists and opportunists and hear fascinating stories about 'ungentrified' Sydney — the heady days of rock 'n' roll, free love, corruption, opportunity, sex and politics during the twentieth century. Presented over three weekends, Kings Bloody Cross will engage audiences with thrilling insight into the dirty half mile's people, bohemia and place. 

Curated by Olivia Ansell. 

Presented by Live Ideas and Working Management.

Image by Roz Sharp 

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