Boab Dreaming with Stephen Muecke

The Sydney City Council cleared some trees at the end of our street, opening a space right at the beginning of King Street, the main drag. On impulse, I wrote to the council suggesting they plant a Boab tree. I said this tropical variety could be iconic; it might become the ‘Newtown Boab Tree’. It would welcome strangeness while also being a sign of global warming. Andrew from the Council rang me within a couple of hours. He was sympathetic and said he’d put the idea to a meeting – though of course, those responsible for streetscapes had a master plan … Master plan? I should have known.

Boab Dreaming - Words Stephen Muecke, image Joe Muecke

Boab Dreaming – Words Stephen Muecke, image Joe Muecke


Stephen Muecke lives in Newtown, Sydney. Young Joe lives in Copenhagen.

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