MonthOctober 2021

Stephen Hart – The Widow and Mr Cat

In Sweet Christmas Secrets: A Regency Romance Holiday Anthology
Independently published and available through Amazon

Stephen Hart’s The Widow and Mr Cat is a novella length story in this generous tome of romances by authors Ebony Oaten, Erin Grace, Joanne Austen Brown, Susanne Bellamy, Isabella Hargreaves,  Fiona M Marsden, Clyve Rose, Heidi Wessman Kneale and Catherine Bilson.

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Nic Naitanui and Fátima Anaya – Little Nic’s Big World

Albert Street Books, an imprint of Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2021

Biographies by well-known sporting entities have long been part of the big book industry, particularly making an appearance around Christmas. In recent times quite a number of high profile sports people have published children’s picture books such as this one.

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Circus of Illusion coming to town

Canberra Theatre Centre
2pm and 7pm
Sunday 16 January 2022

The Circus of Illusion blends world-class circus artists with, magic, mystery and mayhem.

Acclaimed illusionist and Australia’s Got Talent finalist Michael Boyd will present death-defying escapes and ingenious illusions that will leave audiences in awe.

Also starring is Cameo Rascale an internationally acclaimed acrobatic, comedy, balancing, and juggling act. In 2009, the duo of James Capener and Rebecca Borromei, made it to the Grand Final of Australia’s Got Talent.

Bookings and information: https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/circus-of-illusion/

Street Theatre’s Early Phase 2021 recipients announced

Liam Budge, Emily Clark, Farnoush Parsiavashi and Maura Pierlot will each receive $5000 plus coaching and peer exchange to bring their ideas to conceptual treatment with a professional theatre company.

The Street says the program is an investment in artists and new work in response to the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the arts community.

Barbie speaks to Early Phase recipient Farnoush Parsiavashi
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British Film Festival

Palace Electric Canberra
3 November – 1 December 2021
Other locations as COVID restrictions permit

The Festival opens with the Australian Premiere of The Duke, based on a 1961 true story of 60-year-old taxi driver Kempton Bunton who steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London, starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren.  

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National Congress of Women – Launch

Tuesday 30 November 2021
Online, 10am – 4.30pm AEDST (NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)(WA 7am – 1.30pm / NT 8.30am –3pm / SA 9.30am – 4pm / QLD 9am – 3.30pm) 

The National Congress of Women is an initiative of the Women’s Climate Congress to lead a women’s movement for collaborative action on climate change.

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Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TARWF)

Live Festival – Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021, Huonville, Tasmania
Digital Festival – Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November 2021

This is Australia’s southern-most literary festival, a celebration of books, writing and community in the scenic Huon Valley, Tasmania.

Living Arts Canberra is pleased to announce that we are a media partner for the festival.

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Carol Major – The Asparagus Wars

ES-Press, an imprint of Spineless Wonders, Australia, 2021
Cover illustration and design Bettina Kaiser and Imogen Rowe

This is a memoir, a series of almost stream of consciousness letters to the author’s dead daughter alluding to parts of her own life and their years together, including those leading up to her daughter’s death. It is an exquisitely painful and painfully exquisite work, not least because it is not fiction.

Carol Major talks about The Asparagus Wars
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Dorothy Johnston – The Lodeman

For Pity Sake Publishing, Australia, 2021

Disclosure: I was the commissioned cover and internals designer for this book.

The Lodeman is the fourth in Dorothy Johnston’s sea-change mystery series, crime stories set in the Victorian seaside town of Queenscliff. Dorothy’s readers will have been anticipating this book and will enjoy, once again, her strong evocation of place, her skill in character development and the use of almost theatre script dialogue.

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Graeme Base public online panel – Belconnen Arts Centre

11 am Wednesday 27 October 2021
Zoom webinar, free registration

Celebrated Australian author and illustrator Graeme Base, known for his hugely popular books Animalia and The Eleventh Hour, will explore creativity, storytelling and why children’s books are not just for kids.

Graeme Base will join panellists Dr Belle Alderman, Director of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature, Tania McCartney, Canberra based author, editor and illustrator; and moderator Sarah Steed, Libraries ACT Director of Content and Engagement for this stimulating online conversation hosted by Belco Arts during Children’s Week.

Canberra based author, editor and illustrator Tania McCartney talks to Barbie about children’s literature
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Polly Marsden and Chris Nixon – The Australian Climate Change Book

Hachette/Lothian Children’s Books, Australia, 2021

With children and schools now routinely practising daily sorting and recycling of food scraps and classroom waste, students leading climate strike actions around the world and young folk like Greta Thunberg a household name, it seems to me that this book will be one kids can use to help nudge their parents into action.

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Maura Pierlot – Fragments

Big Ideas Press, Australia, 2021
Cover design Monique-Mai Designs

Fragments was a very successful performance at The Street Theatre in Canberra in 2019 as part of ACT Mental Health Month. This book is the reworked script for that show.

It is also a study guide for theatre makers and teachers – a ‘how to’ document which users can adapt or lift as a whole into their own circumstances or educational setting.

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Isabelle Duff and Susannah Crispe – Cookie

EK Books, Australia, 2021

This gentle book draws our attention to the issue of childhood depression and its effect on the whole family. The story is told in the voice of Cookie, a dog who comes into the life of Girl, a child who is often sad.

Isabelle Duff and Susannah Crispe talk about Cookie
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Zana Fraillon and Phil Lesnie – The Curiosities

Lothian Children’s Books/Hachette, Australia, 2021

This wonderfully gentle book reminds us to see ‘wonders and possibles’. Inspired by the author’s personal life, her experience of having a child with Tourette Syndrome, the book pays quiet homage to diversity of all kinds, to divergent thinking and the many ways people can see the world. It is about knowing and accepting that we are not all the same and that these differences make us better as a society.

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