Conversations with Richard Fidler

Conversations with Richard Fidler

I was pleased to be invited back to the ABC studios a few days ago to chat with Richard Fidler as part of Conversations. The last time I was on the show was five years ago, just after the release of Explore Everything. My recent appearance was a great chance to talk...

USyd Fellowship Reading List

USyd Fellowship Reading List

As a follow-up to my last post, one of the things I really wanted to do with my USyd fellowship time was to read more. I asked my friends and colleagues to recommend to me a philosophy text (broadly defined) that was influential to them or that changed the way they...

Life as a University of Sydney Fellow

Life as a University of Sydney Fellow

There is no occupation so sweet as scholarship; scholarship is the means of making known to us, while still in this world, the infinity of matter, the immense grandeur of nature, the heavens, the lands and the seas. Scholarship has taught us piety, moderation,...

Bundian Way Project

Bundian Way Project

I recently participated in a two-day exhibition at the National Art School in Sydney. The exhibition was built around a long weekend spent walking part of the Bundian Way Aboriginal Trail, a 365km track which follows an ancient Aboriginal route from Mt Kosciuszko to...

Secret Tunnels

Secret Tunnels

Earlier this year I was invited to write the foreword to Antony Clayton's new book Secret Tunnels of England: Folklore and Fact. The invitation came from a talk we gave together in the Salon for the City series, which I'd highly recommend attending if you...

More Immigration Horror Stories

More Immigration Horror Stories

Since publishing my piece yesterday at The Conversation about the Conservatives’ war on foreign intellectuals in Britain, I have been flooded with phone calls and emails from people with their own stories of dealing with the constantly shifting goalposts set out by...

Labyrinth Review

Labyrinth Review

In the new issue of the Times Literary Supplement (20th March 2015), I have reviewed Mark Wallinger's new book Labyrinth: A Journey Through London's Underground.  The piece was edited down a bit for print. Below is the unedited text for those interested. Louise Coysh,...

Audience with Will Self

Audience with Will Self

For anyone in Southampton (or interested in coming down!) on the 1st May I will be hosting Will Self in Southampton for the day. Will will be taking a walk with my 3rd year Experimental Geography students and sticking around for a reading from his new book Shark...

Experimental Geographies

Experimental Geographies

Over the past few weeks, I've been putting together a 3rd year undergraduate course here at the University of Southampton. This is my first time putting together an entire course and I'm pleased to say I've finally got a draft syllabus together. I'm now going to start...

Croesor Rhosydd Slate Mine

Croesor Rhosydd Slate Mine

I've always wanted to do the Croesor-Rhosydd Slate Mine through trip in Snowdonia. It's by many accounts one of the toughest mine explorations in Britain, requiring specialized equipment (like pulleys), solid SRT (Single Rope Technique) knowledge and a fair amount of...

The Hobbit House

The Hobbit House

The other day my good friend Darmon Richter stopped by Southampton to visit and told me he was headed to a Hobbit House on some farmland in Somerset. The back story was that a local farmer, in the 1980s, built a house for his sheep of stacked stone and, well, got...

Alice’s Derives in Devonshire

Alice’s Derives in Devonshire

Triarchy Press has just published Phil Smith's new book Alice's Derives in Devonshire. I wrote the forward and thought I might put it here for anyone interested, along with the raw text for ease of sharing. Foreword to Alice’s Dérives by Phil Smith Bradley L Garrett...

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Here is my talk at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in the Sydney Opera House, August 2014. The talk is introduced by Ann Mossop and is followed by a...

2014 Events

2014 Events

My event schedule for 2014 is just about full - I'm listing upcoming events here for those interested in attending or disrupting them. I'm particularly interested in unsolicited collaborations. [soundcloud url=""...

Walking the Doomway

Walking the Doomway

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Cosmetic Homicide: The Death of Battersea Power Station

Cosmetic Homicide: The Death of Battersea Power Station

I stopped by Battersea Power Station this afternoon after Harriet Hawkins texted me to say the developers had finally begun to chip at the chimneys. There was a  sense of urgency in her text. When I got there, I saw why. On the side of the building, there was some new...

Mount London Launch

Mount London Launch

An invisible mountain is rising above the streets of the capital – and at over 1,800 metres, it is Britain’s highest peak... You are cordially invited to a party tomorrow night at Rough Trade East to celebrate the launch of a much-anticipated new title from Penned in...

Trash Humpers: The Politics of Urban Exploration

Trash Humpers: The Politics of Urban Exploration

“Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit.” -Guy Debord A few months back, I was invited to the Barbican to discuss my book Explore Everything with Will...

Matthew Power (1974-2014)

Matthew Power (1974-2014)

I lost a good friend yesterday. Matthew Power was on assignment for Men's Journal in Uganda accompanying Levison Wood as he attempted to walk the length of the Nile. Matt fell victim to heat exhaustion, which is almost impossible to treat in the field. While I’m happy...

@Goblinmerchant @hackneylad I'm a Friend of Hastings Pier and looking for support to stop this public space, rebuilt with public money getting sold into private hands.

Just landed in Bali for my first international trip of 2018. First impression: this week is going to be good!

A few years back I went to Vienna as a visiting lecturer to work with the brilliant @4cities_eu MA students. Here’s a great write up of what we got up to:

@aishagani A good hour on the subject from @Goblinmerchant. Includes bipartisan bunker design, now that the Obama birther customers are being joined by Never Trump buyers.

Photographer @UrbanFox once scaled #theAngeloftheNorth to help fellow artist @sewyoursoul wrap it in a warm scarf! See #behindthescenes footage of Grange and collegues planning & carring out the wrapping: #Edgework #Angel20 @GoblinMerchant @HarrietGeogArt

Graffiti artists awarded $6.7m in lawsuit after renowned work torn down: tag @TheoKindynis

How deep does London Go?

Academia is filled with Marxists who have zero impact on society. Which would really piss Marx off.

SEI research fellow @Goblinmerchant on prepping for the apocalypse:

This is a terrific list that includes all my favorites.

A few others to consider: Unlundun (China Miéville); Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman) City of Quartz (Mike Davis); Explore Everything (and other books by @Goblinmerchant ); SPQR (@wmarybeard )...

As you might expect if you've followed @Goblinmerchant Brad took me on quite an adventure when recording the interview @talkwalk10

Excellent article on feeling included and feeling safe in public space by @unimelb researchers #publicspace #safety #feelingsafe

I was very pleased to be included in the 10-year anniversary of the Talking Walking Podcast: Congratulations Andrew and please keep up the fancy footwork! @talkwalk10 @museumofwalking

Conversations with Richard Fidler

Australian immigration wants me to list every country I've travelled to since I was 16 years old on my visa renewal application. This amount of data is going to crash their system.

Writing is on hold today while I renew my work visa 🙄 I’m going to need a lot of coffee.

Revealing, fascinating &, eventually, surprisingly balanced look at why people Doomsday prep. Thanks @rfidler & @Goblinmerchant Worth a listen online for anyone who missed it.

New #podcast: Bradley Garrett on how fear of the apocalypse is driving a subterranean real estate boom #Doomsday #preppers @Goblinmerchant

Today, @Goblinmerchant takes us inside the apocalypse bunkers of America's wealthiest and most paranoid citizens. 1105am ABC Local (except Victoria) and 305pm on @RadioNational #doomsday #Apocalypse

Had a great time this evening being in the audience for Q&A. Catching the midnight train home now for a few hours sleep - then it’s back the the ABC studios to switch from TV to radio.

Tomorrow on Conversations: @Goblinmerchant and his journey into America’s doomsday bunkers #apocalypse

If you are a geographer & filmmaker, consider submitting one to AAG Shorts this year:

Tomorrow at 11am I will be on ABC Radio for the better part of an hour (!) chatting with Richard Fidler on @abcconvos.

In the United States there are more prisoners than farmers.

Here's a great example of how Google is reinforcing established biases. Given that archaeological and ethnographic evidence clearly indicates Polynesians made it to the Hawaiian islands 1000 years before James Cook, this not an appropriate answer.

In "Explore Everything" @Goblinmerchant takes back his right to the city and uncovers the excess of privatized places - exploring ruined, abandoned, or places under construction. #TheGlobalGridReads #UrbanExploration #Arch #BookReview MT @VersoBooks

A year ago, I found out about a community of farmers who trade John Deere firmware hacks on forums and torrent sites. They're hacking their tractors because Deere has encryption keys locking down access to the software, preventing even simple repair

The rooftops of Paris at night.
Full series here


"Those who build walls are their own prisoners. I'm going to go fulfil my proper function in the social organism. I'm going to go unbuild walls."

R.I.P. Ursula K. Le Guin

Momentary flashes where you see what looks like the structure of everything, and then it fades back into a mouldy tangle and you're exhausted. #Academia

St Kilda: A statue of Captain Cook has been vandalised ahead of Australia Day celebrations tomorrow. #9News


I have spent a fair few months of my life reading Ursula K Le Guin. Her brilliant work has made her immortal, but she will be dearly missed.

Oh no. Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

'Knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting.' - Michel Foucault

Paintballing in Pablo Escobar's Mansion:

This new Instagram feed from my friend Stephen Walter is worth a follow:

UNSW postdoc for historians, historical anthropologists, or historical geographers with background in the modern history of geology, palaeontology and environmental sciences in a global context, and an interest in exploring comparative cosmologies.

This amazing woman is my muse for 2018.

In "Explore Everything" @Goblinmerchant takes back his right to the city and uncovers the excess of privatized places - exploring ruined, abandoned, or places under construction. #TheGlobalGridReads #UrbanExploration #Arch #BookReview MT @VersoBooks

The Intercepted podcast with Jeremy Scahill just introduced David Harvey as ‘the man who invented modern geography’.

The 'Leap of Faith' Was Skateboarding's Definitive Avant-Garde Moment:

The early stages of a book: holding on to countless threads, writing in bursts, a thousand open tabs, emails to strangers, watching chapters organize themselves... days of panic, elation, frustration, confusion and hope, tugging towards a tipping point.

Pentagon Plans to Hunt Drones in Busy Cities #city #drones #UAV

A boarded-up passageway in London’s Notting Hill Gate Underground Station, opened for the first time since 1959.


The application window for the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award closes in a month - get those ideas in!

@biochembelle * Came across @Goblinmerchant on twitter who I thought could bring a new perspective to a paper idea I had. Managed to convince him it was a good idea, was vital in getting current job. We've never met!

Headed to the Metro in Sydney to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Stupidly excited.

Wallaby in custody after bouncing over Sydney Harbour Bridge:

Some great photos in this article, Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

Stengers (2015) on how our research becomes bounded by the financial structures of the neoliberal academy.

Are there any preppers in Hawaii that can tell me how they responded to the Baltic Missile notice for a book? Please send PM. #preppers #hawaii #missilethreat #missilealert

For about 15 minutes, doomsday preppers of Hawaii did not regret buying 28 years of food

Chicago Police Department To Monitor All Interactions With Public Using New Bullet Cams

Unqualified for the job and incapable of doing it, unwilling even to behave presidentially, Trump’s revenge has been to trash the office he holds:

Our work from the Bundian Way Project now has a permanent home on the Fugitive Moments site:

The creepiest part of my walk through 'Amazonia' in Seattle was when the tech giant turned into Big Brother: via @Blondegirlfrnd

A Strategy for Ruination:

My USyd Fellowship Reading List:

Life as a University of Sydney Fellow:

"Under new rules, people in NY prisons can only receive books from 5 certified vendors. They offer 5 junk sex novels, 14 bibles & religious books, 24 drawing/coloring books, 21 puzzle books, 11 guitar/chess/how-to books, 1 dictionary, 1 thesaurus. No other books can be sent in"

The Harbour review - Scott Bevan's ambitious exploration of Sydney's gem: via @smh

More than 2,300 EU academics resign from U.K. posts amid warning over UK university 'Brexodus':

My first book review of the year is The Harbour, Scott Bevan's ambitious exploration of Sydney's gem:

Fresh photo batch uploaded to my Flickr stream:

Sadiq Khan has failed to abolish Boris Johnson's dodgy definition of 'affordable rent' in his new housing strategy, leaving in dangerous loopholes:

“If you are developing a career in academia, compromising with the academic research machine is inevitable. It is how you compromise that is crucial”

Walking around the city, I’m always curious how many random tourist photos I end up in. I guess one day Facebook will tell me 😐

“Being a nice person is secondary to not getting shafted”

Final 2017 reading before heading into the NYE Sydney Harbour mess: The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James. 2018 will be a year of words.

With 2017 drawing to a close, I thought it was time for a website overhaul:

In this review, Bradley L. Garrett (@Goblinmerchant) discusses new book "From Light to Dark: Daylight, Illumination, and Gloom" by Tim Edensor.

Winding Ice Age cave discovered beneath Montreal

READ AND WEEP: "Universities spend millions on accessing results of publicly funded research"

Generation Screwed

Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? SETI Tunes In to 'Oumuamua

Happy #InternationalMountainDay

Join a crack team of writers inc. @joedunthorne @mattfromlondon @InuaEllams @HelenMort to climb an invisible mountain above the streets of #London

Beautiful hardback designed by @benanslow - £9.99 (rrp £12.99)

The Mapping of Massacres:

Boxer who's represented England is in immigration centre pending deportation:

The REF is wrong: books are not inferior to papers via @timeshighered

@Goblinmerchant @w_derham Most of Cork City's public benches were also removed

Benches removed from public space in Belfast city centre used by rough sleepers.

The Shortest Scientific Paper Ever Published

NBC news in LA is reporting that the wildfires are now burning down Rupert Murdoch's house.

University food banks are monuments to the obscene pay of vice-chancellors

Southampton University admits vice-chancellor was on pay panel

Right, because transferring two billion pounds' worth of council estates and other public properties to a new entity half-owned by a multinational private real estate company has nothing to do with ideology at all ht @lukewbarratt

Amateur explorers discover vast underground passage beneath Montreal

Passing along advice for freelancers/creators: when asked to do a thing, consider: passion, prestige, payment. Require at least two.

On a remote atoll, a concrete dome holds a leaking toxic timebomb

'We revived an ancient tradition': Israel's new subterranean city of the dead