Published by Macmillan by Pan Macmillan Australia P/L Australia, 2023 Cover design Debra Billson Cover images Shutterstock
Karina May’s second romance novel (following her debut Duck a l’Orange for Breakfast) ticks all the boxes for rusted on fans of the genre – a youthful heroine in search of herself and love, an old flame, a new flame, exotic places, a grand mansion, female friends, a touch of fashion, chiselled jaws and bare chests, sexual tension and a little bit of actual sex, conflicts, conflicts resolved and a happy ending.
Directed by Ken Loach Palace Electric Canberra from 30 November 2023 113 mins, MA15+
The Old Oak is a natural third for Director Ken Loach, writer Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien. Like their earlier films, I Daniel Blake and Sorry We Missed You, it is set in the North East of England.
Big Sky Publishing, Australia, 2023 Cover design Think Productions
Steve Matthews’ Hitler trilogy was inspired by a personal connection that led him to visit Auschwitz. This latest stand alone, still a war story but in a different theatre, is also born of personal connection.
I think the thing about historical fiction that appeals to so many readers is the way it ties the present to the past. In writing a story about the growth of the suffragette movement in late 19th century and early 20th century Britain, Tania Blanchard has cogently placed the advancement of women’s rights on a continuum which includes the modern reader’s world.
The Street Theatre Canberra Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2023.
Austrian star of stage and screen Maxi Blaha (Soul of Fire, Beloved Muse) presents the premiere of the English production of Mariedl, Selfies with a Giantess, a collection of stage tableaux about our fascination with anatomical difference.
A Christmas Concert Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest ACT Sunday 10 December 2023
The program will feature beautiful choral music and carols from the Middle Ages to the modern-day, including works by William Byrd, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Anton Bruckner, Josef Rheinberger, Morten Lauridsen, Herbert Howells, Sally Greenaway, and an arrangement of a traditional Appalachian carol by Dan Walker. There will also be well known Christmas carols.
Published by Joan, an imprint of Allen & Unwin Australia, 2023 Text hand lettered by Sarah Firth Cover and text designed by Sarah Firth and Joanna Hunt
The publication of this book by a mainstream Australian publishing house is significant. It is recognition of something teachers and parents have always known – that people learn, see things and process information and ideas in different ways.