Simon - Shoreditch

Presenting ‘In Defence of the Virtual: A Secret History of Ballardian Cinema’ at BL-NK, Shoreditch, London, May, 2014. Photo: Dan Hill. 


It was a bumper year for engagements. I spoke on social media, film, Ballard and surveillance at conferences, festivals and events in Melbourne, Oslo, London and Sydney.


Extreme Metaphors: Selected Interviews with J.G. Ballard, which I conceived and co-edited, was named as a Guardian Book of the Year.


I was Managing Editor of the magazine Architectural Review Asia Pacific, which I rebranded and relaunched. I also conceived and project managed the iPad version.


I graduated from Monash University with a PhD in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. My thesis was on the work of J.G. Ballard.


I was an itinerant academic, a peculiar sign of the times. I moved between Monash University, RMIT University, NMIT, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.

My research was on the psychological effects of new media and urban environments. I published five journal articles, two book reviews and four book chapters. I co-edited two books and one journal.

I conceived, designed and taught the course ‘Publishing and Writing in the Digital Age’. I also designed and taught a seminar series and workshop on representations of architecture, urbanism and design in film, literature, new media and popular culture.


I founded Ballardian, an influential and widely cited website that dcouments J.G. Ballard’s work and influence.

I conceived and edited Subterrain magazine, written by and about Melbourne’s homeless community. It was funded by the City of Melbourne.


I became a Lonely Planet travel writer. I wrote guidebook chapters on Japan, Micronesia, North Pacific, Netherlands and Australia.

I co-wrote Micronations: the Lonely Planet Guide to Home-made Nations, which was optioned for a film starring Jack Black (true story).


I was, and am, a freelance writer. Sometimes, this has been full time; other times, between the cracks of full-time work.

I’ve written numerous articles on film, technology, digital media, music, travel, literature and architecture. I’ve been published in Australian and international newspapers, anthologies, websites and magazines.


I founded Sleepy Brain, an online magazine about Melbourne’s pop culture. It’s been archived by the National Library of Australia as an “online electronic publication of national significance”.


I founded Liquid Architecture, an internationally renowned festival of sound art.