MonthNovember 2020

Paul Jurak – Kayak Cameraman 2021 Calendar

Paul Jurak began kayaking in the thick of a punishing treatment regime for cancer, intending it to be a physical path to returned fitness. Never having kayaked, he took the plunge and bought two kayaks on the basis of an advertisement for a 50 per cent special, ventured untrained onto the lake and on his first sortie snapped a photo of his son using a phone camera.

Barbie talks with Paul Jurak
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Liz Lea: Interconnect – a DESIGN Canberra Festival event

Gorman House Arts Centre, Braddon
21 November at 2.30pm and 4.30pm
Bookings limited and essential, $30 and $25

Interconnect is a sharing of movement and design, exploring the connections between India and Canberra, from the 80,000 years of history of the land, to the designs of Burley Griffin and the present Covid restrictions upon and within the body.

Barbie speaks with Liz Lea about Interconnect

Liz Lea, Apsaras Arts Canberra,  Vanaja Dasika, Ira Patkar, Debora di Centa and Rainbow for a delightful foray into classical Indian and contemporary dance viewed through the design of the body, place and space.

Photograph credit: Barbie Robinson, Writing with Light – Liz Lea in performance at NPG 2020

DESIGN Canberra festival

Presented by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
9 to 29 November 2020
Various venues

Now in its seventh year of events, exhibitions, activations, tours and talks, the festival celebrates Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago and the vibrant arts practice evident in this 21st century city.

Throughout November 2020, over 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, markets, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra. The festival is for all interests and ages and most events are free. Last year a record 114,000 people attended the festival.

Full program at

Covid-safe conditions apply to all events.

Due to COVID-19, many DESIGN Canberra events will be smaller to meet social restrictions. We will need to manage numbers and bookings more closely. They don’t want people to miss out because someone has booked but not turned up. And so this year you’ll notice a couple of new processes.

There will be limits on the number of tickets you can book at one time, and more events will have a modest fee. This will hopefully mitigate the urge to book first and decide whether to go later. Other conditions of booking will be listed on the individual event pages.

Craft ACT is a registered charity and so proceeds from the booking fee will go directly to supporting local craft artists and designers.

The health and safety of audience and presenters is DESIGN Canberra’s top priority and so you are reminded to please stay home if any of the following applies to you:

  • You have had a COVID-19 test and are waiting for results
  • You have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • You are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of a cold or flu, even if it is just a little sniffle
  • You have visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days

Photo: Darren Bradley

Garth Nix – The Left-handed Booksellers of London

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2020

This thrilling fantasy romp by the prolific Garth Nix draws on his experiences in various aspects of the book trade, his travels in England and particularly his 1983 sojourn there, but it also pays homage to his childhood reading of authors like Alan Garner and Susan Cooper.

It has the same mystic, mythic quality as the works of these English writers, and is steeped in the mystery of a natural world where stones and trees have animate qualities and immense powers.

Garth Nix talks about The Left-handed Booksellers of London
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Roland Perry – Red Lead

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2020

Roland Perry is the author of 36 books, the latest of which is Red Lead, a dramatised history of the events surrounding the sinking of HMAS Perth by the Japanese in the Sunda Strait in WW11, the capture of some of its survivors on Java and their experiences as prisoners of war in the direst of conditions, including at Changi and on the Thai-Burma Railway.

It is a highly accessible style of history telling, which focusses on the experiences, relationships and feelings of the individuals in the thick of it, rather than on military commanders and campaigns run from remote offices.

Barbie speaks with Roland Perry about Red Lead
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