MonthSeptember 2019

Australian Haydn Ensemble: Handel & Delirious Love

Albert Hall Canberra
7pm, Thurs 26 September 2019

Acclaimed Australian soprano Sara Macliver and Australian-born International conductor and harpsichord director Benjamin Bayl join the Australian Haydn Ensemble for a program of Handel and Scarlatti.

Richard speaks with AHE’s Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh, about the concert
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Lindy Cameron – Golden Relic

Clan Destine Press, Victoria, Australia, 2007
First published by Harper Collins Australia 1998
Lindy Cameron will appear at the Terror Australia Festival in Cygnet 1-3 November 2019

I do not know how the readers of the original version of this story waited a month for each chapter. Golden Relic was commissioned by Museum Victoria and written for the International Council of Museums 1998. Lindy Cameron was selected from four crime writers to write a murder mystery by instalments to publicise the conference – the brief was to promote the city of Melbourne, the museum and the event.

Bsrbie talks to Lindy Cameron
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Friends of the School of Music ANU embassy concert

Austrian Ambassador’s Residence
Thursday 19 September at 7pm for 7.15pm

A concert of beautiful music by tertiary students, who are prize winners and grant recipients of the Friends of ANU. The performers will introduce themselves and the music they have chosen. 

  • Katrina Tang (piano), 
  • Ariel Chou (cello) accompanied by Ella Luhtasaari
  • Emmeline Booth (mezzo soprano) also accompanied by Ella Luhtasaari
  • Olivia Faletoese (bass and vocals), Lachie Wheeler (piano and vocals) and Ally Howe (violin and vocals).

The concert will be followed by a light supper.

Tickets must be booked at  and will not be available for purchase at the door.

The Artists’ Society of Canberra Spring Exhibition

The Fitters Workshop, Kingston Foreshore
Until 4pm on 15 September 2019

More than 300 works including wall works in oil, pastel, pencil and acrylic and a small collection of beautiful sculpture await visitors to this year’s Spring exhibition by members of the Artists’ Society of Canberra.

Barbie speaks to Artists’ Society president, Vicki Hingston-Jones
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Italian Film Festival 2019

Palace Electric Canberra
24 September – 16 October 2019

The 20th Italian Film Festival features 26 recent films and two retrospectives including Bertolucci’s five-hour epic, 1900.

It opens with The Champion, set in in the world of professional, millionaire footballers, and finishes with the Australian premiere of Ron Howard’s biopic Pavarotti, the tenor who became an international superstar from the early 1960s until his death in 2007.

Richard speaks with Festival director, Elysia Zeccola
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Stavros Papantoniou – Landscape and Memory

Bungendore Fine Art
To 3 October 2019

This exhibition is about remembered landscapes., paintings of the Greek Islands evoking memories of the artist as a young man travelling through Europe back to the landscapes of his origins.

The exhibition includes paintings of buskers in gritty urban landscapes which inspired him when he was an art student living in inner city Sydney. Now Stavros Papantoniou lives in the landscape of the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. This new terrain has inspired him to create a fresh body of work. These are the new landscapes of his memory.

Musica Viva – Emerson String Quartet

Monday 16 September 2019 at 7pm
Llewellyn Hall ANU Canberra

The celebrated Emerson String Quartet is making its first Australian tour in more than 19 years. Founded in 1976, and with all but one of its members unchanged, the ensemble has made more than 30 recordings and won many awards.

This interview with State Manager ACT for Musica Viva, Christina Cook, includes the 1st movement of Mozart’s String Quartet no 21, played by the Emerson String Quartet
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Indigenous Literacy Foundation – Indigenous Literacy Day

The fine work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation continues to provide culturally appropriate books and books in language to thousands of Aboriginal children in remote communities.

This year’s Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 4 September was marked by a visit to the Sydney Opera House by students and teachers from Nhulunbuy Primary School in Arnhem Land celebrating the publication of their  beautiful book I Saw We Saw.

I Saw We Saw, was written and illustrated by the students in an ILF workshop with ambassador Ann James. An edition will be gifted to communities in the region and sold in bookshops around Australia.

I Saw, We Saw is one of the 90 books ILF has published as part of their Community Literacy Projects. This program empowers Indigenous people from the remotest parts of Australia to write and illustrate the stories that they want to tell, which reflect their culture and their language and in this, the Year of Indigenous Languages, this is particularly poignant.

The book – both English edition with some words in language and the home language Yolngu Matha – can also be obtained from ILF via their website. For more information and/or to donate visit

Wild Voices Music Theatre – An Italian Country Afternoon

Gunning Court Room
Sunday 15 September 2019 at 2pm

Twenty- four Italian songs and arias by three regional performing artists and an invitation to spend the afternoon in Gunning – bring a picnic and folding chair or rug or try one of the coffee shops for lunch before the concert.

Dianna Nixon speaks with Barbie about the Italian Country Afternoon

Tickets $30 full, $25 concession, $20 GFG members.

Bookings: Gunning Focus Group – Michael Coley 0415 378 816 or email [email protected]

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David Owen – Why Neville shot Gus

Fullers Publishing, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 2019

First conceived some years ago, Why Neville shot Gus is at once a crime novella and an exercise in the principles of crime writing – by someone who has taught the craft. It would spoil the story to go into too much detail, but suffice it to say that David Owen takes us through his usual circuitous paths drawing disparate threads to a satisfying denouement.

We meet each character in some detail as the story proceeds, without always having an inkling of connections but knowing there is one that will be revealed. The disconnected threads do weave together though and the titular character of Neville eventually yields his bigger story.

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David Owen – Big Red Rock

Fullers Publishing, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 2017

This is the ninth of David Owen’s Pufferfish series, a complex winding story which delves into all kinds of seedy and nasty aspects of criminal activity and human behavior without, however, giving us the creeps. It is David Owen’s rich sense of humour that keeps us grounded in this story of murder, violence, cruelty, drugs, deception and betrayal.

Whilst humour is not necessarily part of crime fiction, it seems that the best of the genre’s authors demonstrate a healthy sense of not taking themselves entirely seriously.

Barbie speaks with David Owen about Big Red Rock
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