MonthJanuary 2022

Mono – a Three-Person One-Man Show

Playhouse Theatre, Canberra Theatre Centre
Saturday 12 February 2022
2pm and 8pm
Touring nationally

Mono is a comedy revue play in the tradition of Joyce Grenfell, Alan Bennett and Bob Newhart with nine comic characters brought to life through monologues in 90 minutes of wit, fun and laughter. The cast is Noeline Brown (The Naked Vicar Show), Max Gillies (The Gillies Report) and John Wood (Blue Heelers).

Barbie spoke to Noeline Brown about Mono
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Ezra Lee and Louis King – Canberra Blues Society

Saturday 5 February 2022
8pm – 10.30pm
Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Ave Narrabundah ACT

Ezra Lee and Louis King, legends of the Blues & Rockabilly scene, will play together for Canberra Blues Society. Individually, they are known for their amazing live performances, but together they make a cracking band and will have the joint rocking right from the start of their show.

The 33rd Alliance Française French Film Festival

Palace Electric Canberra
2 March to 6 April 2022
Encore screenings 7 to 10 April 2022 and nationally
Artistic director Karine Mauris

The festival’s 2022 edition captures current society, but also looks to the future from our current challenging times.

A feast awaits with 42 feature films and documentaries and the usual celebratory and themed cinema events.

Barbie speaks with Nancy Ford-Waites about the 33rd Alliance Française French Film Festival
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Tom Buckland – 2001: A Space Oddity

Exhibition until 6 February 2022
Performance Saturday 12 February 2022 at 4.30pm and 6pm
Belconnen Arts Centre

The seminal 1968 science-fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey directed by Stanley Kubrick was a movie that left a deep impression on a young Buckland. It’s a deeply fascinating and mysterious film, a psychedelic mind-bending journey through space and time in which Kubrick redefined the limits of film-making while examining humanity’s relationship to the passage of time, the universe and technology.

Barbie spoke to Tom Buckland at Belconnen Arts Centre about 2001: A Space Oddity
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The Stringybark Open Theme Short Story Award 2022

Entries close 13 February 2022

Stringybark Stories invites entries in its 37th short story competition.  The story must be a maximum of 1500 words and designed to excite the judges.

Stringybark is looking for great short stories under any them. The two rules are:

  1.  It must be written by a person over the age of 16
  2. It must have a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia.  It could be a mention of a Vegemite sandwich, or the fact that Australia is the world’s biggest exporter of climate-destroying coal. The story could be set in Australia or have an Australian in it. Anything really. Your choice!

    The prize pool is over $1000 in cash and books. Stringybark Publishing is the sponsor.


Tracey Hawkins – The Riddle of Tanglewood Manor

Storytorch Press, Australia 2022
Cover illustration and design by Sarah Davies

The Riddle of Tanglewood Manor combines a number of elements that appeal to young readers. It’s an adventure with two young heroes, siblings Sam and Harry.

There’s a spooky old house, historical characters that come to life via the medium of time travel, riddles to solve and discoveries about the past. There is also the discovery of the nature of bravery and family bonds.

Tracey Hawkins talks to Barbie about The Riddle of Tanglewood Manor
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Hayley Young – Monster Hunters

Winner of The Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2021
Published in e-book format by Clan Destine Press, Scarlet Stiletto The Thirteenth Cut

 Canberra writer Hayley Young was the winner of the 2021 Scarlet Stiletto short crime story writing competition. This is a prestigious win, the competition attracting hundreds of entries each year from seasoned crime writers – in 2021 there were158 entries and a prize pool of $10,1000 was on offer.

Hayley Young talks about Monster Hunters
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Julie Brooks – The Secrets of Bridgewater Bay

Headline Review, an Imprint of Headline Publishing Group
An Hachette UK Company, 2021
Cover design by Emily Courdelle

The Secrets if Bridgewater Bay is a skilfully wrought and complex story of long held secrets and betrayals, of love and friendship, of family and forgiveness. Set in time periods from 1906 to the present era, the story centres on the lives of the Luscombe and Toms families, their inter-connectedness and the guilty secrets that bind them and guide their actions.

Barbie talks to author Julie Brooks about The Secrets of Bridgewater Bay
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Canberra Blues Society birthday bash and charity gig

Bucky’s Budweiser Big Birthday Bash & ALOHA! Blues & Roots Charity Gig
All proceeds to Rise Above Capital Region Cancer Relief
Saturday 26 March 2022, 1pm – 11pm
Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Ave Narrabundah ACT

This annual event is held in memory of our CBS friend Bucky and boasts over 9 hours of live music and 8 acts.

A silent auction and lots of raffle prizes are also part of the day.

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Andrew Vukosav – Longitude, Latitude, Solitude +

Yering Station, Yarra Valley, Victoria
15 January – 20 February 2022

Andrew Vukosav’s sublime aerial images of the Australian landscape would improve any public building or corporate foyer. They are large works appropriate to the vast country they capture, and were shown in Canberra at Humble House Gallery, Fyshwick from June 2 – 27 2021.

Shot from his single-engine Cessna 182, using a professional digital camera mounted over an inspection port, the photographs are mostly of pristine, if not untouched, places in Western Australia and South Australia. The images are inland and coastal, though his preference is for inland.

Andrew Vuikosav spoke to Barbie about Longitude, Latitude, Solitude + during its Canberra exhibition in 2021
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Storytorch Press grows wings

Canberra publisher launches new books in 2022
First event at Book Cow in Kingston, ACT, on Saturday 29 January 2022 at 3pm

Author Samantha Tidy was inspired by the positive community reaction to her book Our Bush Capital (2020), She decided to re-invest her author royalties from this and her other published books and to open her boutique publishing house Storytorch Press to public submissions.

Samantha Tidy talks to Barbie about Storytorch Press
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Lucy Neave – Believe in Me

UQP, Australia, 2021
Cover design by Sandy Cull, gogoGingko; cover artwork by Sarah Jarrett

Professor Gail Jones’ front cover endorsement of Lucy Neave’s Believe in Me describes it as ‘astute, tender and wise’. Spot on.

Lucy Neave demonstrates a finely tuned capacity to draw us into not merely the story but also the inner worlds and societal atmospheres of the times and places of her telling. We feel acutely the stifling confinement, the sense of loss and abandonment of the lives of the three women whose story this is.

Barbie spoke to Lucy Neave about Believe in Me
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Folk Dance Canberra – free ‘Come and Try’ afternoon

Folk Dance Canberra Hall, 114 Maitland Street, Hackett ACT
Saturday 29 January 2022, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Folk Dance Canberra offers traditional, modern, energetic and easy dances from countries around the world. It is a welcoming community providing physical and social well-being through world dance.

You are invited to a free pre-term introductory session.

Beginner Classes start the following week from Wednesday 2 February, 7.30 to 9pm and Thursday 3 February, 10.30am to 12pm. Cost of classes – ($10.50 per class, discount for term payment).

Please register by emailing: [email protected] or phoning 6286 6401 (Lesley)

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