Succession is the final book of The Sandstone Trilogy, in which the family saga of John Leary is concluded.
The story focusses on the winning of a contract for a vast building project, a multi-storey hotel and on the relationships and activities of the young Leary family (now blended, in the modern parlance) with Leary’s second marriage to Catherine and her son Brendan coming not the mix.
‘The spiritual in music has always been there – in the songlines and ritual traditions of First Peoples around the world to the enigmatic musical notation in the 3000-year-old Jewish Book of Psalms – and composers down the centuries have created some of their most enduring masterpieces on sacred texts.
With the theme Celebrating Nature, the first Gunning Arts Festival will
be held on 17 and 18 April 2020. Many artists and artisans live in Gunning and
region and they have come together to present the festival, espousing the
philosophy that arts has much to offer in challenging times.
Distinguished Australian singer Peter Coleman-Wright AO has been visiting Canberra to hear voices from the region prior to taking up his appointment as Canberra Opera’s Artistic Director in the new year.
Coleman-Wright has performed throughout the world’s great opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera (most recently in the title role of Glanert’s Caligula) and the Glyndebourne Festival.
He created the roles of John in Johnathan Harvey’s Inquest of Love, Colin in David Blake’s The Plumbers Gift and Harry Joy in Brett Dean’s Bliss which he performed in Australia and at the Edinburgh Festival.
He has sung in the opera houses of Paris, Bordeaux, Munich,
Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan, Florence and at the Aix-en Provence and Bregenz
Festivals. In North America he has sung in Houston, Santa Fe, New York (City
Opera) and Vancouver.
For his native Australia he has sung Scarpia, Macbeth, Mandryka,
Don Giovanni, Il Conte, Germont, Billy Budd, Balstrode, Pizzaro, Onegin,
Golaud, and Sweeney Todd, winning the Helpmann Award for Best actor in a
As a concert artist he has performed in all the major venues
throughout the world, most notably at the BBC Proms, the South Bank Centre.
Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, the
Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Concert Hall and he
has recorded extensively for Telarc, Chandos, Hyperion, and EMI.
He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the
University of Melbourne, and was awarded the Order of Australia in the 2015
Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The year’s best political cartoons 2019 Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra
The winner of this year’s Cartoonist of the Year Award is Jon Kudelka. Kudelka’s cartoons have appeared in The Australian and he has recently joined the team at The Saturday Paper. He sees the main aim of political cartooning as ‘puncturing the pompous and the puffed- up.’
A dancer herself, Kerry Turner is in an excellent position to write about the professional aspects of dance in this historical fiction set mostly in a tumultuous Russia between 2014 and 2017 with a postscript in Paris in 1920.
hero and heroines are woven into the documented story of the Romanov ballet
company, dancers to the Tsar. While there is considerable sympathy for the
dancers and the art of ballet, the author does not flinch from the excesses of
life in the Imperial orbit.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre 5 December 2019 to 18 January 2020 Schools Reconciliation Challenge 2019
In 2019 over 1500 students have
explored the theme Speaking and Listening from the Heart. Students tapped into the need for First
Nations Peoples voices to be heard and to understand that Speaking and Listening from the Heart offers everyone the ability
to connect with Country, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Elders and with their own feelings about identity and being an Australian.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre 5 December 2019 to 11 January 2020
In January 2019 Sharon Peoples spent four weeks as
artist in residence at Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Her project was to work on ideas about gardens in
the area. However this idea changed and a new body of work was made.