It is 2018 and it is Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature ‘s tenth birthday!
And since it’ll officially be summer on the 1st of December, here’s a #ThankfulThursday and #ThrowbackThursday blogpost : my contribution to #SummerCityofLit posted on Facebook on January 2017 : an illustrated cargobike tour through the city.
(Facebook Text edited by Elizabeth Flux)
The best time to slow cycle in flowing summer dress, unhampered by extra layers of clothing like jumpers, jackets, thermal wear, scarves, and gloves.
For the past five years, I’ve slowly cycled on my Christiania cargo bike—a Danish-made, heavy-duty trike with a solid, wooden box in front—to and from Melbourne, the coffee capital, the most bicycle-friendly city, and—for the sixth year in a row (2011-2016)—Most Livable City in the World.
And only this past year have I viewed Melbourne in the literary sense, as a UNESCO City of Literature.
[9:00 A.M.] After dropping off my canvas (a work-in-progress since April 2016) at the Footscray Community Arts Centre in preparation for the next day’s Advanced Painting art class, I set my sights on the city, ready to travel there by cargo bike.
[10:00 A.M.] After an hour of slow cycling, I made my way to Higher Ground to tweet-up with @ChocChilliMango. Located at the corner of Spencer Street and Little Bourke, the award winning care was the perfect pit stop for sharing coffee with an artisan chocolatier and fellow foodie
[11:15 A.M.] Cargo-biked to All Star Comics on Queen Street. @ascmelbourne tweeted their weekly newsletter and the newest issue of my favourite monthly comic book was ready for pick up.
[11:45 A.M.] Nearly noon and my mobile phone needed a quick charge, so I parked my cargobike outside @Library_Vic. I sent a DM (Direct Message) to a couple of Twitter friends to see if they were keen to meet up for lunch. While waiting for a reply, I was drawn to @ReadingsBooks bookshop inside the state library.
[12:30 P.M.] I met up with @JasmeetSahi, Creative Producer of the @MelbourneWritersFest Jaipur Literary Festival Melbourne. We found a vacant bench under a shady tree for a quick lunch. It was the perfect day to be outdoors: sunny with a touch of warm breeze.
[1:00 P.M.] After changing my cargobike’s plastic hood to a flat cover, I wheeled down to the @wheelercentre at Little Lonsdale Street, the footpath barely wide enough for my cargobike. As soon as I found a place to park, I hurried up to reception for an afternoon workshop at @Writers_Vic.