David Sornig is a writer with an interest in marginal places, lost histories, literature and self-invention. He has published two books.
Blue Lake (2018) documents a historical, biographical and personal excursion through the former West Melbourne Swamp and the Great Depression-era shanty town, Dudley Flats. It was adapted for ABC Radio National’s History Listen in 2019.
Winner: Judges’ Special Prize, 2019 Victorian Community History Awards
Spiel (2009) is a novel about a young architect in Berlin who is trying to escape his past but becomes caught a time loop in which he confronts his complicity in sins minor and monumental.
In 2008/09 he was the Charles Pick Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and in 2011 and 2012 was awarded grants by the Australia Council, Arts SA and Arts Victoria. In 2015 he received a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship and was a finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Literature Writers Prize for the essay ‘Jubilee: A hymn for Elsie Williams on Dudley Flats.’