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Kelly Cameron – Dancing with Dandelions

Independently published, Australia, 2022
Cover design SGB Book Cover Designs
Images from Istock

It is cause for great celebration, I think, that the Canberra region is not only become home to a growing number of fine writers but also that the region itself has finally been accepted as a suitable place in which to set stories. The lamentable cultural cringe our writers have had to contend with for decades has, at last, abated.

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Karen Waldman: Sidnie meets Uncle Sam – Travels with my mum

Independently published through Broadcast Books, Australia, 2022
Cover design Matthew Oswald, Like Design
Cover photo by the author

It is by no means a new thing to write a book from an animal’s point of view. Such works often have an agenda and others tend to the twee. Neither is the case with Karen Waldman’s smart, funny and insightful work with Sidnie the English Cocker Spaniel in the driving seat.

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Sounds of Vienna chamber music

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Canberra. 7.30pm 7 June 2022
National Portrait Gallery

The line-up for Sounds of Vienna tour consists of Nicole van Bruggen, clarinet (Brisbane)  ; Niels Coppalle, bassoon (Paris); Anneke Scott, horn (London); Jenna Sherry, violin 1 (London); Peter Clark, violin 2 (New York); Simon Oswell, viola (Melbourne); Daniel Yeadon, cello (Sydney); Rob Nairn, double bass (Adelaide).

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Pissarro: Father of Impressionism – Exhibition on Screen

Directed David Bickerstaff
Dendy Canberra 28 May to 1 June 2022
Palace Electric Canberra Friday 27 May and Sunday 29 May 2022 

The company’s first new release since the onset of the global pandemic in 2020, this film is the most extensive documentary ever made, about one of the most significant artists in history: French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, (10 July, 1830 – 13 November, 1903).

Pissarro: Father of Impressionism delves into Pissarro’s life and career across 50 years.

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Nigel Featherstone – My Heart is a Little Wild Thing

Ultimo Press, Australia, 2022
Cover design by Ella Egidy

There is much to say about this piece of fine literary fiction by Nigel Featherstone. Let me start, however, with place.

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Carol Cooke – Improv Embroidery / Mindfulness, Creativity, Exploration

Independently published, Australia, 2022
Designed by Praxis Creative Art, Canberra
Photographs by the author

This book is subtitled Mindfulness, Creativity, Exploration and is at once an instruction manual, an invitation to make time for play and a marketing tool for its author.

With clear and concise chapters, the book takes the novice or would be embroiderer through all the basics from overcoming insecurity to using embroidery in marketing materials like business cards.

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Tabitha Carvan – This is not a book about Benedict Cumberbatch

Fourth Estate, an imprint of Harper Collins, Australia, 2022
Cover design by Alissa Dinallo
Cover images floral collage ANA & YVY; face and neck by shutterstock

You could read this book as an invitation to young women and girls to find and pursue their joy, free of societal judgment and condemnation and wherever it may lie. Or you could read it as a well-researched, serious thesis on gender and society – citing both empirical and anecdotal evidence. Or, thankfully, you could do both.

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Megan Albany – The Very Last List of Vivian Walker

Cover design by Christabella Design
Cover illustration (sneakers) by Ben Sanders; images Stocksy and Shutterstock

Megan Albany’s first novel is funny and heart-breaking in equal measure, a skilfully wrought study of the difficult art of dying in our society, told in the voice of a relatively young woman dying of cancer.

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