This gentle picture book, written by Nigel Gray and illustrated by Bethan Welby, subtly conveys messages of kindness, neighbourliness, friendship across generations, the importance of family and the blessing of an open-hearted and compassionate view of the world – as seen by this story’s child Grace.
Erindale Theatre 7pm, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 July 2022
Unravel is a contemporary dance interpretation of the Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet story. It promises to be emotionally engaging, relevant in its themes to the current day and of a high standard both choreographically and in dance technique.
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Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2022 Cover design by Luke Causby, Blue Cork Cover photographs Luke Causby and Adobe Stock
Matthew Spencer’s debut novel has been aptly described by others more eminent than I in the following terms: ‘a meticulous thriller’ (Sarah Bailey), ‘sharply plotted and relentlessly paced’ (Michael Robotham) and ‘Black River hooked me and wouldn’t let me go (Tim Ayliffe).
World premiere season New dates – 18 to 25 June 2022 See websitelink below Tickets $35 to $45 Contains coarse language and loud noises, recommended 15+
Written by Luis Gómez Romero and Desmond Manderson, developed and made in Canberra, Twenty Minutes with the Devil is a gripping tale inspired by events leading to the capture of El Chapo, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, in 2016.
Broadcast Books, Australia, 2022 Cover design, artwork and internal design by Daniel New
This historical novel spans the period in Australian history from pre-World War 2 into the 1950s. It is inspired by the life of the author’s parents, drawing heavily on their experiences on the land and in wartime, and then in the political sphere of Labor politics.
Canberra Textile Works -70 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley. ACT (the former Chifley Primary School) Friday 3 to Sunday 12 June 2022 Open daily 10am to 3pm
Warped and Twisted showcases the diverse work of Canberra Spinners and Weavers’ members. There are 56 works on display employing different weaving techniques as well as knitting, crochet and stitching. Most work is for sale and at very reasonable prices.
Barbie spoke to Alison Leonard from Canberra Spinners and Weavers
Simon and Schuster, Australia, 2022 Cover design by Luke Causby/Blue Cork Cover photograph supplied
This book is an account of the kidnapping and murder of two Sydney women, Kerry Whelan and Dorothy Davis, the police investigation into their disappearance and the legal proceedings that led to the conviction of Bruce Burrell for both crimes.
That Book About Greek Mythology Part 1 That Book About Greek Mythology Part 2 That Book About Norse Mythology Part 1 That Book About Norse Mythology Part 2 Written, illustrated and published by David Conley, Canberra, Australia, 2022
I wouldn’t normally bundle four books together but these belong so well as a set that I am doing so on this occasion. It’s something akin to the Labours of Heracles to create a set of books retelling the complex stories of Greek and Norse mythology suitable for and appealing to young children.
H-Q Fiction, an imprint of Harlequin Enterprises, a subsidiary of HarperCollins, Australia, 2022 Cover illustration and design by George Saad
The second in Poppy McGowan crime fiction series is as entertaining and cleverly constructed as the first, Digging Up Dirt. It’s a romping, fast paced story of family, fame and money, with smart digs at trash media and references to several important social issues neatly woven in.