LJM Owen is the Director of the Terror Australis Festival in Cygnet Tasmania and will appear at the festival between 1 and 3 November 2019.
LJ departs from her inter-millenial
sleuth series to introduce us to a new hero, Jake Hunter, in a dark tale of decades
of child abuse in a small fictitious Tasmanian town called Dunton.
Leaving his police job in Melbourne to
escape a personal drama, Jake thinks his posting to Dunton will be a chance for
a quiet time to regroup and consider his future, enjoy the peace and mind-space
of the rural setting and do some rock climbing.
Deadlines, an imprint of Twelfth Planet Press, Australia 2019
Livia Day, who also writes as Tansy Rayner Roberts, will appear at the Terror Australis Festival in Cygnet Tasmania from 1 to 3 November 2019.
This is a cozy café crime novel and
hence about murder and some mayhem, but it is also a book about friendships,
both female and male-female.
We are treated to lots of fun in this
somewhat kooky and very youthful novel, the fourth in the Café la Femme series.
You don’t need to have read the previous three, but this has whetted my
appetite to do so.
Exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre 1 to 24 November 2019
The Painting with Parkinson’s program
celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019 with an exhibition of work
by artists Adrian Aylott, Kathy Drake, Ann Gould, Margaret Healey, Charles
Jordaan, Katrina Muir, Marilyn Nelson, Ann Nugent, Jan Robbins, Ann Somers,
Dennis Thorncraft, Nazli Underwood, Barbara van der Linden and Helen
Ventura Press, Australia, 2018 Angela Meyer will appear at the Terror Australis festival in Cygnet Tasmania between 1 and 3 November 2019
Richly redolent of Mann and Kafka, this is a disturbing surreal debut novel by Angela Meyer.
Two principal characters occupy this story – Leonora Duncan in the 1860s in Scotland and the person we eventually learn to be Jeff in a just slightly future present, a dying man who moves from Australia to Scotland to escape his own life and the possible surveillance of the unnamed authorities. He is in search of release and freedom in a way, but is unable to govern his own parasitic desires.
The Street Theatre, Canberra 14-17 November 2019 Information and bookings: thestreet.org.au
The so-called ‘black box’ flight recorder is probably Australia’s greatest gift to global aviation safety. Flight Memory, a new song suite at The Street Theatre, tells the story of its inventor, Dr David Warren AO.
Sunday 27 October 2019 at 2pm The Artists Shed 88 Wollongong Street Fyshwick Entry by donation
Kerry Kennedy contributed many songs
to the Shiny Bums’ 20-year collection of parodies about the Public Service,
politicians and other issues. Kerry sadly died on 10 April this year and the
Shiny Bums will pay tribute to their dear friend by performing their favourites
from his oeuvre.
All are welcome to celebrate the
musical work of Kerry Kennedy at this event.
Strathnairn Homestead Gallery Until 10 November 2019
Eighteen artists showing ninety-nine works make this a big exhibition of small works. Some of Canberra’s best known and loved artists have works in this exhibition with subject matter so varied there is sure to be something for every taste.
There are still life studies, flowers and fruit along with tiny detailed landscapes and seascapes. There are boats, birds and other animals, bonsai trees, cityscapes and festival scenes. Armchair travelers will find scenes from around the world.
With the constraint of making an image 10x10cms or no larger than 100 square centimetres, the artists in this exhibition prove that it is possible to do a great deal with very little space.
The artists are: Sharon Buckland,
Margaret Bice, Margaret Carr, Lyn Cottingham, Kylie Fogarty, Jocelyn Godber,
Eva Henry, Cheryl Hodges, Janet Hicks, Sandra House, Val Johnson, Michaela
Laurie, Stuart Marshall, Isla Patterson, Neil Renfree, Camelia Smith, Jan
Vincent and Arlene Williams.
Strathnairn is open Thursday to Sunday
10am to 4pm at 80 Stockdill Drive Holt.
Featuring Clare Therese Hedley, Katrina Wiseman and Nathaneal Patterson Saturday 26 October 2019 at 3:30pm – 5pm St Philip’s Anglican Church, MacPherson Street O’Connor
Canberra Opera’s final recital brings the much-loved works of Mozart to Canberra audiences with pieces from The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte and The Magic Flute.
Clare Therese Hedley has been involved with Canberra Opera since
2016 and was a part of the chorus in their 2017 production of Die
Fledermaus. Clare took on her first principal role with Canberra Opera as
Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte in 2018 where she again had the opportunity
to work with Ghillian Sullivan.
Joanna Nells’ second novel is a sensitive, gently humorous story that takes us into the mind of a woman with dementia.
To say this baldly however does scant justice to a beautiful work in which the story of a life unfolds both through the failing mind of Mrs Henry Parker and those around her on the Golden Sunset cruise ship.
Mrs Parker spends most of this story
looking for her husband Henry, who has mysteriously disappeared from the ship
(perhaps, she thinks) or perhaps she just keeps missing him as their paths fail
to cross. We know there is something going on but we are not allowed to know
what until the very end – satisfyingly.
Harper Collins, Australia , 2019 Tara Moss appeared at the Terror Australis Festival, 1 to 3 November 2019 in Cygnet, Tasmania
Dead Man Switch is Tara Moss’s first foray into historical crime fiction, set in Sydney in 1946. It is her 12th novel and introduces us to a new character, Private Investigator Ms Billie Walker.
(And yes, Wiki tells us that Ms was an acceptable abbreviation for Mistress, in England, in the 17th and 18thcenturies, which then enjoyed a revival in the 20th century, a surprise to all of us who thought it was a modern phenomenon.)
What’s WOW and why were we there? Canberrans will know that Wellington, like Nara and Beijing, is one of our sister cities. Canberra’s population is about 390,000; Wellington’s is about 413,000. Both are the capital cities of our nations.
Our experiences of Wellington over many years confirm that it is a city which does well in the arts and culture stakes as well as being very live-able and pleasant to visit as a tourist.