My Place: Emma Osborne | Maribyrnong Bay and Hobsons
Emma Osborne of Footscray writes horror and fantasy fiction. They are talking with Goya Dmytryshchak.
Could you tell me about your connection to the town of Maribyrnong?
I have lived in Footscray for the past seven years and have lived in Yarraville in several different locations. I grew up in Castlemaine but I have cousins who live in Yarraville and we used to visit them on the train when I was a child. I have also worked at Victoria University for five years and deeply appreciate their educational mission. I have always had a strong connection with the west.
What do you like about Footscray?
Footscray is so interesting, so busy and lively and happening. Everything smells amazing. There is always a new ice cream place to try or a favorite old Ethiopian restaurant to visit or an art exhibition to discover. It seems that it would be almost impossible to eat in all the restaurants, hang out in all the cafes, soak up the sun in every beer garden. There is always something new – or old – to discover, and I love it.
What would you change or what could be improved?
I would love to see a few other green spaces in and around the Footscray CBD. Footscray Park is obviously beautiful, but it would be nice to set aside a little more space for the smaller parks, if possible.
What is your favorite cafe (s) / restaurant (s) in the area?
I mean, you really can’t get past Nhu Lan, can you? Speaking of which, I am medically in need of a banh mi right now. I’m also a big fan of Rudimentary (and their Instagram account, Dogs of Rudimentary) and the Small French Bar. Oh, for a glass of French Bordeaux.
Can you tell me about your writing?
Absoutely. I write mostly horror, fantasy and dark fantasy (a nice intersection of the two). I’ve published short stories and poetry in extremely cool speculative fiction magazines like Uncanny Magazine and Nightmare Magazine. I also have a few longer projects in the works. You can also find my short story, Slaughterhouse Boys, in YA’s upcoming horror anthology, Hometown Haunts, edited by the wonderful Poppy Nwosu at Wakefield Press. He’s going on Halloween. Keep an eye out.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’m not binary, which means my gender is somewhere beyond and between binary genres. My pronouns are them / them, and I really appreciate it when people take the time to adjust to what might be a new set of pronouns for them. I also identify as bisexual which I guess makes me non-binary (jokes).
How did your life change during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Most of the time, I’m just very tired all the time, which I’m sure is a common experience. I’m not someone having a good time alone (really, I’m a classic extrovert) so it’s been a huge struggle, but I’m learning to subsist on the three minutes of conversation I have with a human being. IRL per day (usually a neighbor in the elevator but also sometimes a cashier in the supermarket). I will also go for a walk with local friends which has been a godsend (yell Rob and Dan).