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Amelia McInerney and Alexandra Colombo: Jeff Giraffe – The Great Escape

Larrikin House, Australia, 2024
Design and artwork Mary Anastasiou (

What an ebullient author Amelia McInerney is, creating stories with charm, humour and quirky characters  – a delight for children and their adult reading companions!

Barbie spoke to Amelia McInerney about Jeff Giraffe – The Great Escape
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Diane Armstrong – The Wild Date Palm

HQ Fiction, an imprint of HQBooks, a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers Australia P/L, Australia 2019
Cover design Darren Holt, HarperCollins Design Studio
Cover images: Magdalena Russocka/Trevillion Images; istockphoto; shutterstock

This book is based on WW1 era young Jewish activists, the Aaronsohns, who formed a secret spy ring to defeat their oppressive Turkish rulers and assist British forces in the Middle East.

Barbie talks to Diane Armstrong about The Wild Date Palm
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The 2024 HSBC German Film Festival

Palace Electric Canberra
7 to 29 May 2024

The opening night film, From Hilde, With Love, is an historical drama set in 1942 Berlin. It tells the remarkable true story of a young German woman drawn into the anti-Nazi resistance movement during World War II.

Christop Muecher, Director of the Goethe Institut Australia talks to Barbie about the 2024 HSBC German Film Festival
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Canberra Spinners & Weavers Inc – Warped and Twisted

Exhibition and Sale of members’ work
Fay Skyring Canberra Textile Works Gallery
Chifley Health and Well-Being Hub -70 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley
(former Chifley Primary School)
Friday 3 May – Saturday 11 May 2024
Open daily 10am – 3pm

An exhibition of all sorts of wonderful hand-made items involving spinning, weaving and other fibre based artisanal processes. Work is for sale (card payments only).

Barbie visited the exhibition to speak with fibre artists Barbara Cairns and Monique van Nieuwland
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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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Mary-Anne O’Connor – At the Going Down of the Sun

Published by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Books, Australia, 2024
Cover design by Nikki Townsend Design @ penguin Random House Australia P/L
Cover images by Natasza Fiedotjew/Trevillion Images, RockingStock/Alamy Stock Photo, Andrew Kitching/Alamy Stock Photo, Adobe Stock

This historical fiction takes in the period immediately pre-World War I and during the war, with a reflective epilogue dated 1921. The author vividly depicts the closeness and class consciousness of Adelaide society at the time, with its typically restrictive views on the lot of women and its notions of respectability and decorum.

Mary-Anne O’Connor spoke to Barbie about At the Going Down of the Sun
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Paul Morgan – The Winter Palace

Penguin Books, Australia, 2024
Cover design Christa Moffitt, Christabella Designs © Penguin
Cover photography by Drunaa/Trevillion Images, Radoslaw Maciejewski/Shutterstock

Paul Morgan’s dark tale of events during World War II in Poland, Siberia and then the Middle East and finally with reference to Australia, is told in the first person by heroine Elisabeth and in the third person about her husband Anton. This literary device serves to inject a graphic immediacy to both stories, as if, in fact, we are seeing them with equal intimacy.

Paul Morgan talks to Barbie about The Winter Palace
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Trish Delaney Brown Quintet – concert and masterclass/workshop

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Saturday 4 May 2024
Bar open from 6pm, concert 7-9:30pm (includes interval)
Workshop 10am – 12 pm

Formerly with The Idea of North Trish Delaney Brown has now returned to small, tight ensemble performance with original material and arrangements of favourite jazz standards in which the voice functions both as storyteller, and as an additional instrument.

Barbie spoke to Trish Delaney-Brown about her career and the concert.
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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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Musica Viva Australia  – Esmé Quartet

Llewellyn Hall, ANU Canberra City
7pm Friday 10 May 2024

German-based Esmé Quartet launched their international career by winning first prize at the 2018 International String Quartet Competition at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Barbie spoke to Esmé Quartet violinist Wonhee Bae
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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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