Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2021 Cover design Lisa White
Stephanie Parkyn has chosen the failing years of the Napoleonic Empire as the period for this historical fiction, a sweeping tale of cultural theft, love and betrayal, abandonment and refuge.
The story follows the fortunes of storytellers Rémi and Pascal, whom we first meet as orphans working in the comedia dell’arte theatre of Gianni. They are soon joined by Saskia, a Russian travelling circus performer who had been kidnapped and mistreated by a mysterious religious Father.
Self-published, Australia, 2021 Artwork by theillustrators.com.au
On one level this is a picture book made for country kids, especially those who live on working farms. It presents the day to day lives of such children in a way that mainstream picture books and other children’s literature do not, thus acknowledging and valuing their real world experiences.
Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra To 8 December 2021 as part of the British Film Festival Comedy, 100 min Reviewed by Barbie Robinson
I must be honest and say that I would happily watch Michael Caine in almost anything on screen – oh that voice!. This film was classic Caine in the role of crotchety, cantankerous alcoholic writer Harris Shaw, whose novel (decades before the start of the film) put the Stanbridge family publishing house on the map.
An original musical created by Mr Tim Enterprises Tuggeranong Arts Centre Friday 10 December at 7pm and Saturday 11 December at 2pm 90 minutes, Tickets $15
This original musical was devised by program participants (aged 7-13 years) with Tim & Nathalie Bevitt from Mr. Tim Enterprises.
It has provided an artistic platform for young people to express their concerns and find solutions, confirming the directors’ strong belief that young people have important things to say, whilst realising Tim and Nathalie’s passion for giving children a voice.
Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra, ACT Friday 3 December 2021 at 1pm and Sunday 5 December at 1.30pm Nationally from 2 December 2021
Directed by award-winning Australian-born filmmaker and artist, David Bickerstaff, this documentary showcases a treasure trove of Impressionist artworks, currently held at Denmark’s acclaimed Ordrupgaard museum.
This event brings together a range of writers, publishers and academics from Britain and Australia to discuss equity and social justice and the stories we get to hear.
It will feature three thought-provoking panel discussions exploring power, representation and diversity in publishing in Australia and the UK, hosted by the Wheeler Centre, Spread the Word and the Melbourne City of Literature Office.
Midnight Sun Publishing, Australia, 2021 Cover design Kim Lock
This is a fine crime fiction novel (it happens to be a debut), one that has clearly sat with its author and matured as would a cellared wine.
The plot of this story springs from rural gay hate crimes and hence it is destined to be classified as LGBTQIA+ literature, as well as crime fiction. I’ve spoken in other places about my issues regarding the boxing of works into evolving genre conventions and I raise the same concerns here.
Conducted by Guy Noble Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music Saturday 12 February 2022
East Meets West Orchestral Evening is an opportunity to hear Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Yellow River Piano Concerto, two hugely popular Chinese classics, rarely performed live on Australian stages. The artists will be accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra.
Hachette Book Group, USA and Australia, 2021 Cover design Daniela Medina
This debut Regency romance by Samara Parish is also a good publishing story about someone who wrote, worked on despite discouragements and then hit paydirt with an American contract for a 3 book series. One can but revel in this.
Scott Leggo PL, Australia, 2021 Book design Kristin Thomas
What better time to produce a coffee table option for travellers? This book is sumptuously full of photographs of magnificent Australian landscapes – it could be either a temptation to travel or a substitute for it in times of restricted movement like those pressed on us by COVID-19.
Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines 13 Gladstone Street, Hall, ACT Until 20 December 2021 Open Thursdays to Mondays 10am to 5pm
This exhibition is work by some of the members of this regularly meeting group of printmakers from the Artists Society of Canberra. It is a varied collection, made using a variety of printing techniques including drypoint, colograph, monoprint and linocut.
Hardie Grant Explore, Australia, 2021 Design Jo Hunt
Tania McCartney is both author and illustrator of this book, a story which delights in individuality, cultural diversity, travel, an adventuresome spirit, reading, sharing of experiences and the power of the image.
Late Night by the Lake 10am to 8pm 26 November 2021 Graeme Base exhibition until 6 February 2022 Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT
Other Worlds: Exploring the Universe of Graeme Base features original illustrations from the book, The Worst Band in the Universe, and is complemented by exhibitions from local artists byrd, Hanna Hoyne and Tom Buckland.
Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres Ongoing, 10 week terms, parallel to the ACT School Terms
ZEST classes are designed for adults who want to keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. This program is managed and conducted by Philip Piggin, Jan Ingall, Debora di Centa and Jacqui Simmonds.