Sophie Green – The Bellbird River Country Choir

Hachette, Australia, 2022
Cover design by Christabella Designs
Cover images courtesy of Shutterstock

When we read a Sophie Green novel, we know that the ‘good people’ will come off okay and that the less attractive ones have a good chance of getting their comeuppance. Knowing this in no way interferes with our enjoyment of the stories. There are times when, contrary to real life, we have need of this assurance.

Barbie speaks to Sophie Green about The Bellbird River Country Choir
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Dylan Van Den Berg – Ngadjung

The Theatre, Belconnen Arts Centre
18 -27 August 2022 at 7pm

Dylan Van Den Berg, Palawa playwright who lives in Canberra makes his directorial debut with his new play Ngadjung (Ngunnawal for water), a dystopian environmental drama featuring a First Nations cast, Lisa Maza and Kylah Day. Ngadjung, an important First Nations work written and set on Ngunnawal country, was commissioned by Belco Arts in 2019.

Barbie visited Belconnen Arts Centre to speak to the cast of Ngadjung
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Lauren Searson-Patrick – Amber Wolf

Self-published, Australia, 2022
Cover design, artwork and internal design by Franziska Stern

This is an assured debut from adult fantasy writer Lauren Searson-Patrick. It delivers all that is expected of the genre – a quest story, rich in characters and with meticulous world building.

Lauren Searson-Patrick talks about Amber Wolf
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Petros Papoulis  – Near Water

Humble House Gallery
93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, ACT
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Until 6 September 2022

Petros Papoulis shows mastery of technique and a capacity to evoke stillness in the meticulous, meditative works in this exhibition. They are drawings, mixed media works and paintings, inspired by the artist’s visits to regional and more distant water bodies.

Barbie spoke to Petros Papoulis about Near Water

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7th Annual Canberra Writers Festival – Power, Passion, Politics

Artistic Director Jeanne Ryckmans
Festival Director Paul Donohoe
Various Venues
10 to 14 August 2022

The festival presents 160 local, national, and international writers, journalists, commentators, and leading thinkers in 70 events at venues including the Museum of Australian Democracy, National Museum of Australia, National Press Club, and Kambri Cultural Centre at the Australian National University. 

Barbie talks to Canberra Writers Festival Artistic Director, Jeanne Ryckmans
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Robert Ketton lecture: Where have all the great speeches gone?

Molonglo Plains group
Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS)
The Q Theatre, Queanbeyan
2pm Thursday 18 August 2022

Robert Ketton will explore what makes a speech memorable and how leaders can use great speeches to galvanise actions and emotions, sometimes to change the course of history.

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The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra  – Mozart: Tempestuous Skies

Albert Hall – 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla ACT
7.30pm, Wednesday 17 August 2022

The Orchestra is led by Director Rachael Beesley, and features Neal Peres Da Costa on Fortepiano and emerging musicians from Young Mannheim Symphonists.

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Phoenix Collective Recital Series – A Night in Buenos Aires

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Thursday 18 August, 2022
6.30pm doors for 7pm show

With founder of TangoOz, Maggie Ferguson on the bandoneon, the ensemble will explore early and traditional works from the birthplace of tango, Buenos Aires, and the father of Nuevo Tango, Astor Piazzolla.

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Shelley Burr – Wake

Hachette, Australia, 2022
Cover design by Debra Bilson
Cover photographs Stocksy, Franckreporter/Getty Images and Shutterstock

It’s an online true crime chat group that creates the jokey moniker for the case at the heart of this book, and that is its title.

Wednesday Addams Killed Evie (WAKE) is an acronym, callous and with no regard for truth, which insists upon the guilt of Mina, the sister of a missing girl Evelyn McCreery (Evie).

Shelley Burr talks about Wake
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