Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra, ACT Friday 3 December 2021 at 1pm and Sunday 5 December at 1.30pm Nationally from 2 December 2021
Directed by award-winning Australian-born filmmaker and artist, David Bickerstaff, this documentary showcases a treasure trove of Impressionist artworks, currently held at Denmark’s acclaimed Ordrupgaard museum.
This event brings together a range of writers, publishers and academics from Britain and Australia to discuss equity and social justice and the stories we get to hear.
It will feature three thought-provoking panel discussions exploring power, representation and diversity in publishing in Australia and the UK, hosted by the Wheeler Centre, Spread the Word and the Melbourne City of Literature Office.
Midnight Sun Publishing, Australia, 2021 Cover design Kim Lock
This is a fine crime fiction novel (it happens to be a debut), one that has clearly sat with its author and matured as would a cellared wine.
The plot of this story springs from rural gay hate crimes and hence it is destined to be classified as LGBTQIA+ literature, as well as crime fiction. I’ve spoken in other places about my issues regarding the boxing of works into evolving genre conventions and I raise the same concerns here.
Conducted by Guy Noble Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music Saturday 12 February 2022
East Meets West Orchestral Evening is an opportunity to hear Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Yellow River Piano Concerto, two hugely popular Chinese classics, rarely performed live on Australian stages. The artists will be accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra.
BAD presents a program of nearly 40 different sessions, panels and special events. All sessions will also be available on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person. BAD will present sessions about fiction, true crime and social justice.
Hachette Book Group, USA and Australia, 2021 Cover design Daniela Medina
This debut Regency romance by Samara Parish is also a good publishing story about someone who wrote, worked on despite discouragements and then hit paydirt with an American contract for a 3 book series. One can but revel in this.
Scott Leggo PL, Australia, 2021 Book design Kristin Thomas
What better time to produce a coffee table option for travellers? This book is sumptuously full of photographs of magnificent Australian landscapes – it could be either a temptation to travel or a substitute for it in times of restricted movement like those pressed on us by COVID-19.
Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines 13 Gladstone Street, Hall, ACT Until 20 December 2021 Open Thursdays to Mondays 10am to 5pm
This exhibition is work by some of the members of this regularly meeting group of printmakers from the Artists Society of Canberra. It is a varied collection, made using a variety of printing techniques including drypoint, colograph, monoprint and linocut.
Hardie Grant Explore, Australia, 2021 Design Jo Hunt
Tania McCartney is both author and illustrator of this book, a story which delights in individuality, cultural diversity, travel, an adventuresome spirit, reading, sharing of experiences and the power of the image.
Late Night by the Lake 10am to 8pm 26 November 2021 Graeme Base exhibition until 6 February 2022 Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT
Other Worlds: Exploring the Universe of Graeme Base features original illustrations from the book, The Worst Band in the Universe, and is complemented by exhibitions from local artists byrd, Hanna Hoyne and Tom Buckland.
Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres Ongoing, 10 week terms, parallel to the ACT School Terms
ZEST classes are designed for adults who want to keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. This program is managed and conducted by Philip Piggin, Jan Ingall, Debora di Centa and Jacqui Simmonds.
This book is a pleasure both to hold and to read, its exquisite production just what we might expect from the Bodleian. The aim of this press is to make accessible things which otherwise might be the province of academic research, to bring to the public some of the ‘riches of Oxford’s libraries’ (https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about/work-with-us/bodleian-library-publishing). I for one am deeply grateful for this.
Humble House Gallery 93 Wollongong Street Fyshwick ACT Until 5 December 2021 Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
If we were to write a love song to Canberra, it would look like this – an original and quirky pop song full of love, colour, life and humour.
Sally Dunbar, who was an ANU art school graduate in printmaking and mixed media and who works as a primary school art teacher, has used collage, paint and marker pen to depict the glorious everyday of Canberra.