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Ben Drysdale releases new single dealing with mental health

Smith’s Alternative, Canberra City
Saturday 22 June 2024, 6-8pm
with Niall Howe
Also available on streaming platforms from 21 June

Canberra songwriter Ben Drysdale’s new single Listen Now had its genesis several years ago and has already won recognition at an international songwriting competition.

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Rhiân Williams and Tom Jellett – Emergency! Emergency! – Vehicles to the Rescue

Published by Wild Dog, Australia, 2022

One of the many debates in education circles is the issue of core knowledge. Is there a set of facts that everyone needs in our society? Or is it more important that young people learn how to find the information they need?

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Paul Ashton ed. – If It’s Not True It Should Be

Halstead Press, Australia, 2024
Cover design Kerry Klinner

Approaches to the telling and imagining of history in fiction works are broached in this highly accessible slim volume of essays.

Stephanie Owen Reeder talks to Barbie about If It’s Not True It Should Be
Professor Peter Stanley on If It’s Not True It Should Be
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Nikki Mottram – Killarney

University of Queensland Press, Australia, 2024
Cover design Christabella Designs
Cover photograph by Shutterstock

The second Dana Gibson crime thriller is an examination of the nature of family, including sibling relationships and maternal love. These two themes and subject lines not only propel the plot but also determine the strong character focus of the book. This is, of course, fitting with a heroine who works in child protection.

Barbie spoke to Nikki Mottram about Killarney
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Joined at the HIP – a new recording of Schumann’s Dicterliebe

Neal Peres Da Costa, Piano, and Koen Van Stade, Tenor
Sung in German
Deux-Elles classical recording label, UK

Total playing time 28 mins 56 sec

This historically informed performance (HIP) of Dicterliebe, Robert Schumann’s most famous song cycle, was recorded in Sydney over three days. But it was years in the making.

Richard spoke to Neal Peres Da Costa about the new recording of Dicterliebe. The interview includes excerpts of the recording.
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Rebus Theatre  – Expressive Pathways

Beginning Monday 23 July 2024 and running for 9 weeks each term, for four terms

This program uses the power of theatre to deliver a free work-ready program for Young Adults (17-24) with neurodivergence or intellectual disabilities, wanting to enter the workforce.

Richard spoke to Rebus Theatre’s Director and Project Manager Sammy Moynahan about Expressive Pathways
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Group exhibition – Living in Another World:  Australian Landscape in Abstraction

Tyger Gallery
84 Comur Street, Yass, NSW
Until 4 May 2024

This is a vast exhibition with works by 39 artists

Richard spoke to artists Sarah Phemister, Chantal de Kock and Bravo Domino about their work in Living in Another World
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Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion – The Glass House

Hachette, Australia, 2024
Cover design and illustrations by Alex Ross
Cover image Shutterstock

While The Glass House is a work of contemporary fiction, amply meeting our needs for a fast-paced plot and well-developed characters, it is also a study of the state and status of psychiatric medicine in Australia.

Prof Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion spoke to Barbie about The Glass House
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Caroline Huf, Kati Gorgenyi , Janet Long – Abode

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Until 8 June 2024

This exhibition explores what abode means to the three presenting artists. Their works include video, sculptures and paintings.

Barbie spoke to Caroline Huf, Kati Gorgenyi and Janet Long at Tuggeranong Arts Centre
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Kate Thompson – The Wartime Book Club

Published by Hodder & Stoughton, UK, 2024 (an Hachette UK company)
Cover design Becky Gibbery
Cover photographs Lauren Rautenbach/Arcangel; Shutterstock

This is the sort of book that is often described as a ‘sweeping historical romance’. For me, however, what is remarkable about this excellent book is the way the author helps us to understand the intensity and horror of Occupation.

Barbie talks to Kate Thompson about The Wartime Book Club
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Folkie defies trends by going big, says managing director

National Folk Festival
Exhibition Park in Canberra
28 March – 1 April 2024

A community of regulars allows the National Folk Festival to flourish in an environment which has seen the cancellation of large festivals such as Groovin the Moo, according to NFF Managing Director, Heidi Pritchard.

Richard spoke to Heidi Pritchard at the launch of the 2024 National Folk Festival
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The Magic of Artistry – In Harmony with Nature and Ourselves

Old Barn Gallery
18 Beltana Road Pialligo
Thursday 14 to Sunday 24 March 2024
Open 10am – 4 pm Thursday-Sunday

This exhibition is a tribute to the group members’ passion for nature and their desire to share its beauty with others. It also explores our connection with nature and the ways it influences and balances our lives.

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