marcus westbury

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Explorations in Emptiness

September 11th, 2015 8 Comments

  In late 2007 and early 2008, I found myself walking Hunter and King Streets, the two main streets of Newcastle, and the smaller streets that connected them. I was seeing them afresh—looking at parts of them up close for the first time in the best part of a decade. I spent two days peering […]

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I (finally) wrote a book: Creating Cities is out now

September 1st, 2015 5 Comments

  I finally have a book! Thanks to the support of nearly a thousand people who supported the crowd funding campaign via Pozible and nearly a two years of writing, editing, rewriting, designing and printing I’m pleased to finally be able to say that Creating Cities the book officially exists! The book has it’s own web […]

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In the current edition of Griffith REVIEW: Resurrection Myths

May 9th, 2014 10 Comments

I know several of you have seen it but if you haven’t I have a very personal piece in the current edition of Griffith REVIEW. The edition concentrates on the ability of cultural projects to solve otherwise intractable problems and in this case i decided to go back to some of my own. According to […]

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This site now publishing under Creative Commons

June 16th, 2009 3 Comments

As of today, all of the writing on this web site is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Practically that means that i encourage people who read the contents of this site to republish it in other non-commercial contexts, to link to it, to use excerpts of it in their own work or […]

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I’m a newspaper columnist!

April 23rd, 2009 7 Comments

Based on the fact that i am sweating over my copy this afternoon, i think it is safe to say that I am now officially a newspaper columnist. The downside is that “newspaper columnist” is a sub-profession of human being somewhere above politician and used car salesman and below journalist. I’m not sure that inflicting […]

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A facebook Experiment

March 1st, 2009 7 Comments

I am conducting a little experiment over at Facebook. I’m trying to work out whether it is possible to somehow round up all those people who don’t quite fit the “Art” boxes and as a result never get a seat at the table. My theory is that a relatively small number of highly centralised and […]

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New Matilda

December 27th, 2008 No Comments

Just a quick link to a piece i wrote for New Matilda’s summer series about cultural policy. I am not greatly happy with the piece – i put it down to the fact i wrote it in a campervan somewhere on the South Island of New Zealand and the last thing on my mind at […]

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