MonthOctober 2020

Barbie Robinson and Ian Robertson – Grandma’s Knicker Tree

For Pity Sake Publishing, Australia, 2020
Review by Sam Tidy

Grandma’s Knicker Tree, written by Barbie Robinson and illustrated by Ian Robertson, is a beautiful reminder of why we love books and keep them within easy access on shelves in homes and libraries for reading to the little people we live for.

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Anna Morgan – Before the Beginning

Hachette, A Lothian Children’s book, Australia 2020

This is Anna Morgan’s second book, following All that Impossible Space, published in 2019 by Hachette and awarded a CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers.

Before the Beginning is a sensitive, though never self-indulgent, exploration of teenage angst, particularly that delicate place of transition, the end of the last year of school – the space between the end of school and the beginning of entering a new stage of life, typically at work, university or other tertiary study or through travel.

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Artist Shed goes bush with Paverty

6-9pm Saturday 10 October 2020
The Artist Shed
88 Wollongong Street Fyshwick ACT

Paverty started in 1970 and continue to play an eclectic mix of traditional and original songs, ballads and instrumentals with country, blues, rock, bluegrass, skiffle and jug band influences.  The Pavs will have you up and dancing (1.5 metres apart!) in no time. 

They are joined by Turnip Sundae – cellist Rita Woolhouse, guitarist Fred Pilcher and Simone Dawson on flute and tenor guitar. These great musicians will be playing some of Fred’s favourite songs, Simone’s original material and Rita’s funky tunes.  The Turnips blend vocals, instruments and rhythms to create a perfect contemporary sound.

Tickets #20,  limited seating, bookings recommended at or phone 0407 607 516.

Shed Talk: Georgeina Whelan, ACT Emergency Services Commissioner

Life and this Year of 2020
Shed Talk Series, Artists Shed
Unit 1-3 88 Wollongong Street Fyshwick
Wednesday 21 October at 5.30pm

After 32 years of military service, Georgeina Whelan joined the Emergency Services Agency as Chief Officer of the State Emergency Service in late October 2017. Her face became familiar to all Canberrans with regular bush fire reports during the summer of 2019-2020.

Barbie speaks with Kathryn Spurling, organiser of Shed Talks at The Artists’ Shed

Tickets $20 with contribution to ACT Down Syndrome Association

  • Bookings essential – 0418 237 766.
  • Refreshments available at the Bohemian Café
  • COVID-safe conditions apply.

Dr Cathy Adamek appointed Ausdance ACT Director

Ausdance has appointed Dr Adamek as its ACT Director with funding assistance from the ACT Government through COVID-19 Organisational Emergency Support Funding.

Barbie speaks with Cathy Adamek, newly-appointed Director of Ausdance ACT

For 30 years, Dr Adamek has made a significant contribution to Australian dance, theatre, music and film as an independent artist and creative producer and through her research, writing and organisational leadership. Most recently, her work with Ausdance SA as President has seen her lead a volunteer board to revive and reinvigorate the organisation.

Cathy trained in acting at NIDA and Webber-Douglas (London), has a BA (Hons) in English Literature, a PhD on Adelaide Dance Music Culture and studied ballet with Joanne Priest and Shelia Laing to an Advanced RAD standard.

Her physical theatre and dance music works have toured nationally in major venues and festivals. Cathy is an Associate Artist with Dance Hub SA and teaches regular adult ballet class as part of their programs.

A Collective Mix – Helen de Jonge and Lesley Whitten

Bungendore Fine Art
October 2020
Open Friday to Monday 10 to 4.30pm

Helen de Jonge was  a designer and pattern maker in the clothing industry for 35 years and attended drawing classes at East Sydney Technical College.

She started painting when she moved to Goulburn 20 years ago, working in oil, acrylic and pastel, but with a preference for watercolour. Her chosen subjects are birds and landscapes, many of which are created en plein air.

Several works in this exhibition were created during 10 days of painting in the red Centre and Queenstown New Zealand. Other works are studies of the native birds which inhabit Helen’s property near Goulburn.

Helen has been President of the Goulburn and District Art Society for six years.

Picture: Lesley Whitton

Lesley Whitten is a Goulburn artist who paints in a variety of mediums and subjects. She has won numerous awards and exhibited widely in NSW and the ACT.

Online launch of WEST BLOCK, new edition

10am Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time
Sunday 25 October 2020

Free event, but registration required

You are invited to the virtual launch of Sara Dowse: WEST BLOCK, new edition published by For Pity Sake, Australia in 2020.

In the comfort of your own home, join author Sara Dowse and Managing Editor of Verity La, Michele Seminara for a ZOOM launch of this ‘timeless classic of gender and federal politics’.

The event is FREE but registration is required. Please click button to register.

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Julie Bradley – evocation

Belconnen Arts Centre
Until 25 October 2020
10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday, closed public holidays.

Julie Bradley’s work in evocation is refined and elegant, mostly homage to Australian and Irish landscapes and the feelings they have left her with or that she has taken to them.

She works in collaged Japanese papers, gouache washes and line, and is often inspired by words from poems and songs as well as by the landscapes she visits. The layering is delicately wrought, but powerful in effect.

Barbie speaks to Julie Bradley about evocation
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Maya Cifali – The Silver Bracelet: An Egyptian Girlhood

Cheops Australia, 2017

This is a memoir of a life of migration stretching back to Maya’s forebears, but it is also a fascinating history of the Middle East, especially Egypt, seen from its impact on the ordinary citizen.

Brought up by grandmothers due to the circumstances of war, Maya had heritage in both French-Jewish and Italian-Roman Catholic traditions. This strong maternal influence has carried through generations and doubtless contributed richly to Maya’s own outlook on life.

Maya Cifali talks about The Silver Bracelet
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