Vicki Hastrich is a Sydney writer. She started out with the ABC as a TV camera operator and became an assistant director in drama. When she began writing, a range of jobs followed, including warehouse-hand, picture researcher, factory worker, archivist and oral historian. Her two novels, Swimming with the Jellyfish and The Great Arch were published in 2001 and 2008 respectively. Turning to non-fiction, her most recent work is Night Fishing (2019), a book of essays that has been highly praised. ‘Things Seen’, a cornerstone essay in the collection, was first published in The Best Australian Essays 2016.