MonthSeptember 2019

Musica Viva – Nevermind

17 October 2019 at 7pm
Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music

French ensemble Nevermind – with flute, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord – met and founded their group while they were students in Paris. They play their Baroque music on period-instruments concerts and are noted for not only virtuoso expertise but also unpretentious charm.

Musica Viva’s Christina Cook talks to Barbie about Nevermind

Delighting audiences across Europe in prestigious festivals and concert series and making their Australian debut with Musica Viva, Nevermind is disarmingly relaxed and thoroughly dedicated to the universal appeal of good music.

Nevermind is:

  • Anna Besson flute
  • Louis Creac’h violin
  • Robin Pharo viola da gamba
  • Jean Rondeau harpsichord 

In Canberra they will play:

MARAIS Trios for the King’s Bedtime: Suite IV
F COUPERIN Les Nations: L’Espagnole
TELEMANN Paris Quartet no 4 in G minor, TWV43:g1
QUENTIN Quartet Sonata op 15 no 3
GUILLEMAIN Quartet Sonata op 12 no 3

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Joanna Baker – The Slipping Place

Impact Press, an imprint of Ventura Press, Australia, 2017

Joanna Baker will be at the Terror Australis Festival in Cygnet, Tasmania, from 31 October to 3 November 2019

This is a story about motherly love and family, clothed in a dark tale of violence, betrayals and secrets. We are taken deeply into the lives of two women, friends Veronica, an artist, and Lesley, a gallerist.

Whilst the story could well have been called ‘Looking for Roland’, as much of the novel has Veronica in search of her elusive son, its title The Slipping Place holds a much greater meaning than its role as the name of a place the women visited with their sons during their childhood.

Joanna Baker talks to Barbie about The Slipping Place
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Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show

12-13 October 2019
Canberra High School, Bindubi Street, Macquarie

This display will feature high quality bonsai from the collections of CBS members, including some created by local artists who are currently represented in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia at the National Arboretum, Canberra. It will include both traditional exotic plant species and Australian species.

Barbie speaks with Jennifer Motley from Canberra Bonsai Society
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Dorothy Johnston – Gerard Hardy’s Misfortune

For Pity Sake Publishing, Australia, 2019

Dorothy Johnston will be in the Hall of Writers at Terror Australia Festival on Friday 1 November 10am to 4pm, Cygnet Town Hall, with publisher Jen McDonald and fellow For Pity Sake writer Sara Dowse (
As the lonely fly, 2019).

Declared interest: Barbie Robinson, who wrote this blog, is the designer for the internals of this book.

The many fans of Dorothy Johnston’s sea-change mysteries will not be disappointed by this third novel. It’s atmospheric, a little bit creepy and strange, but as with its two predecessors,  imbued with a sense of place – in this case, the small seaside town of Queenscliff Victoria, but it could, I guess, be any small seaside town. They have their secrets and silences.

Barbie talks with Dorothy Johnston about Gerard Hardy’s Misfortune
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Shamini Flint – Inspector Singh Investigates: A Frightfully English Execution

Piatkus, Great Britain, 2016
Shamini Flint will be at the Terror Australia Festival in Cygnet 1 to 3 November 2019.

This is the seventh in the Inspector Singh series. Where have you been all my life, Inspector Singh?

Inspector Singh is a Sikh policeman based in Singapore, but his investigations take him far afield, this time to London. His presence in London, ostensibly, is to take part in a Commonwealth conference on policing and community relations.

Barbie speaks to Shamini Flint
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Exhibition on Screen – Rembrandt

Narrated by award-winning British actor Robert Lindsay
Dendy Canberra: 26 Sept 10am; Sept 27 at 1pm: Sept 28, 1pm
Palace Electric: Sept 28 at 12pm.

To mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death and the Year of the Dutch Golden Age, Exhibition on Screen presents Rembrandt. Filmed in exquisite detail, the camera offers a privileged view of the once-in-a- lifetime 2015 Late Works exhibition at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and London’s National Gallery.

Barbie speaks with producer Phil Grabsky
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National Capital Orchestra – Mozart Clarinet

The Q Queanbeyan
Sunday 13 October 2019 at 3pm

Guest conductor Alan Cook
Pre-concert talk at 2.15

Orchestral Equations by Melbourne-based composer May Lyon opens the concert. Her music explores themes from deep human emotions, history and mythology, through to mathematical concepts. 

Richard speaks with conductor Alan Cook
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Kerry Greenwood – Murder and Mendelssohn

Phryne Fisher’s 20th mystery
Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2013
Kerry Greenwood will appear at Terror Australia Festival in Cygnet 1 to 3 November 2019

This is a book about love.  

In the best tradition of crime fiction, we do have a body in the first three pages. We also have, deftly drawn, Phryne in all her fashionable splendour and intellectual acuity, her side-kick and favourite policeman Jack Robinson, significant members of her household – Dot, Mr Butler (the butler) and Ember (the cat) and by reference Sergeant Hugh Collins, Dot’s beau.

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Maura Pierlot – Fragments

The Street, Childers Street Canberra
23 to 27 October 2019

Featuring in the Mental Health Month ACT program, Fragments is a theatrical exploration of connectedness that will make you think and get you talking.

Maura Pierlot, author of Fragments
Fragments director, Shelly Higgs

Based on a series of conversations with 13 to 18-year-olds in Canberra and beyond, the eight monologues presented in Fragments are imagined stories that touch upon common issues facing teens today.

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The Song Company – pop-up concert, Sydney

Friday 20 September 2019 – 7pm, St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt, Sydney (n.b. Crypt rather than main Cathedral
Saturday 21 September 2019 – 7pm | Verbrugghen Hall, Conservatorium of Music, Sydney (n.b.. change of venue)

In a celebration of the Vernal Equinox, The Song Company presents the second pop-up concert featuring the resplendent Thomas Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium.

Antony Pitts talks about the pop-up concerts and The Song Company
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Game Masters at NFSA

National Film and Sound Archive
27 September 2019 to 9 March 2020

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises, and a chance to play them.

Barbie speaks with Fiona Trigg, Senior Curator from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
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Isla Patterson – A Palette of Pioneer Places

Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre
6 October to 15 December 2019

Non-indigenous settlement of the Ginninderra district began in the 1820s.  This exhibition features eight early district properties within the parishes of Jeir, Wallaroo and Ginninderra, supplemented by accounts of the heritage of each building.

Barbie speaks wit Isla Patterson and Alistair Crombie, from Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre
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Belconnen Community Gallery & Wellways Australia – Pigment of the Imagination

Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen
1 – 18 October 2019, Mon to Fri 9am-5pm
Opening celebration 5:30pm Wednesday 2 October by Shane Rattenbury MLA Minister for Mental Health

This mixed media community exhibition in celebration of Mental Health Month features works by people in the mental health and disability sector who use art to explore and express their creativity and imagination.

It will showcase a variety of artworks by People with Disabilities, Mental Health Consumers and support persons. Artists have been invited to submit up to two pieces per person/group.


Canberra Sinfonia – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT
Saturday 28 September 2019 at 3pm
Guest Director Harry Ward

Popular for new and returning audiences alike, the four concerti comprising the ‘Four Seasons’ are probably the most well-known pieces of the Baroque repertoire. Noted for stylistic brilliance, each demonstrates a true mastery of melody and orchestral colour, particularly showing off the soloist in passages of dazzling musical nuance.

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Jenny Blake – Block by Block

Strathnairn Arts
90 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT
Until 13 October 2019

Jenny Blake uses reclaimed wooden bocks found in a builder’s skip to produce stunning three dimensional landscapes. It is her way of restoring the environment block by block, making discarded materials into something beautiful.

Barbie talks to Jenny Blake about Block by Block

Strathnairn has an open day 10am to 4pm on Saturday 21 September. All studios will be open and you can buy a hand-crafted bowl full of soup. The members’ exhibition also opens in the woolshed.