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Peter Rodgers – Beethoven’s Tenth (and the Journey which saved the World)

Green Hill Publishing, Australia, 2021

This is a wonderfully funny, wonderfully clever social-political satire that takes a swipe, albeit not a vicious one, at almost every aspect of contemporary life.

Former diplomat Peter Rodgers aimed to write a book with a laugh on every page, and he has succeeded. There is a serious intent and much research in this work, but the humour is what the reader carries away, demonstrating that a skilled hand has directed it.

Peter Rodgers visited Living Arts Canberra to talk about Beethoven’s Tenth
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Joanna Beresford – Every Year I am Here

Atlas Productions, Australia, 2020

This debut novel set in Brisbane in the 1890s provides the perfect vehicle for an author with the twin passions of history and social justice.

Joanna Beresford chooses for her heroine Lilian, a young working class woman from an immigrant background, who is forced to fend for herself in the quest for education and improved social standing – and often merely to survive.

Barbie speaks to Joanna Beresford about Every year I am Here
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Pamela Hart – The Charleston Scandal

Hachette, Australia, 2020

The Charleston Scandal is Pamela Hart’s 37th book, an absorbing and highly readable historical fiction that dives into the issue of class and privilege in British society in the 1920s, particularly in the royal and sub-royal echelons. It is also a delightful glimpse into the life of the theatre at that time.

Barbie talks to Pamela Hart about The Charleston Scandal
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Rocio Bonilla – Siblings

Quirky Kid, Australia, 2020

Siblings is a story told from two points of view and the book itself reflects this. Read from one end, the book is in the voice of the sister, while from the other end it is in the voice of the brother. The stories meet in the middle with the same dilemma.

Barbie speaks with Dr Kimberley O’Brien, Principal Child Psychologist at Quirky Kid Clinic.
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Kate Carruthers and Michael Warner – The Fire and the Flood

X Gallery Bungendore until 8 February 2021
32 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, NSW
Open Friday to Monday or by appointment, phone 6238 0550

It is clear that the 2019-20 bushfires were a deeply etched experience for both artists, who are residents of Braidwood, and yet there is a spare restraint in their work.

Barbie talks to Kate Carruthers and Michael Warner on site at X Gallery
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Dominic Knight – The 2020 Dictionary

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2020

Known to television audiences as one of the founders of The Chaser, Dominic Knight is also the author of The Strayan Dictionary, Strayapedia and Trumpedia.

The 2020 Dictionary continues his satirical analysis of Australian culture, this time through a set of wry definitions of and observations upon aspects of this extraordinary year.

Dominic Knight talks about The 2020 Dictionary
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Pina Di Donato – Who Switched the Lights On?

The Kind Press, Australia, 2020

Pina Di Donato brings a lifetime of business and life learnings to her first book, a work that could loosely be described as a guide to living a satisfying, worthy and productive life.

Coming from an Italian background meant that Pina was framed by cultural traditions and expectations – ones that didn’t necessarily fit well with the person she was and is.

Pina Di Donato talks about Who Switched the Lights On?
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Lesley Wallington – Birds on the Shoreline

Bungendore Fine Art
5 December 2020 to 25 January 2021

Depicting birds from the inland to the coast, this exhibition celebrates the diversity of birdlife inhabiting and visiting South Eastern Australia.  These recent works are watercolour, gouache and mixed media.

Lesley Wallington is a professional award-winning artist and tutor. Lesley is a keen bird watcher who volunteers for the South Coast Shorebird Recovery program. She currently paints in her home studio and conducts classes and workshops for Nature Art Lab in Canberra.

Roz Dibley from Bungendore Fine Art talks about December and January exhibitions at Bungendore Fine Art

Graduating Exhibition of CIT Visual Arts students for 2020

Saturday 5 December, 10:00am – 4pm
DesignSpace gallery, L Block building, Reid Campus, Canberra Institute of Technology

In a highly challenging year for students and teachers across the world, it is a delight to see an exhibition of work by graduating art students at CIT Canberra.

The exhibition is testament to the dedication of both students and staff to the completion of bodies of work which express the individuality and talent of their makers.

At the VIP night on Thursday 3 December, Craft ACT awarded two Emerging Artist Support Scheme winners: Akka Ballenger (https://akkaballengerconstantin.com/) and Christine Little (@ChrisLittle_Art)

Akka Ballenger
Sally Black

The NAVA award of two years’ membership went to Sally Black (http://www.thesallyblack.com/)  – this award recognises a student’s preparation for professional practice.

Malyan Gilbert (pictured)

You can also find things of interest on Instagram: #CITDiplomavisualart2020 

Congratulations to all students and staff and best wishes to the graduates in their ongoing or new careers.

Canberra Sinfonia returns, and so does Lenny Weiss

Directed by Leonard Weiss
Natalie Nicolas & Lachner
Saturday 5 December at 2pm
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT
Tickets: $35 at canberrasinfonia.com

We are delighted to see Artistic Director Leonard Weiss conducting the Canberra Sinfonia again, having recently returned from studying conducting with Marin Alsop in the USA.

Prime goals for the Sinfonia are to give exceptional performances of chamber music, and to promote new music, primarily by Australian composers, as a core feature of their concerts.

Lenny Weiss talks about the Canberra Sinfonia concert on 5 December
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Tim Olsen – Son of the Brush – A Memoir

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2020

Described as a memoir, Son of the Brush does indeed introduce us to some of the key figures of the art world in Australia in the 20th and 21st century,  in the context of the life of the author, son of painter John Olsen.

Tim Olsen grew up surrounded by people we now consider luminaries, but it is the personal, the candid appraisal of self and family that touched me most deeply in this book.

Barbie speaks with Tim Olsen
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Alchemy Chorus – a choir for people living with dementia and their carers

https://alchemychorus.com

Alchemy Chorus brings together people living with dementia, their relative or close friend, volunteer musicians and singers for a morning of music-making, story-sharing, laughter and fun.

The choir normally meets from 10am to 12noon on Thursdays at the Hughes Community Centre but COVID restrictions have meant a temporary relocation to the park opposite. Under the shade of an oak, the group works on its extensive repertoire under the leadership of Brian Triglone.

Barbie spoke to Alchemy Choir organisers and participants

Alchemy Chorus was founded in 2016 and provides not only the benefits of music but also of social interaction for both carers and dementia sufferers. The socialising with people who understand their situation is cited by carers as a major plus for the group. A third of the group is made up of volunteers, allowing for smooth administration and the organisation of regular concert performances.

We enjoyed a morning with the choir and found it to be a welcoming and well organised group, coping magnificently with the difficulties of the time, enjoying a great range of familiar songs and a healthy dose of laughter. Some excellent voices are members of the choir and these people are often soloists in the concerts.

New members are always welcome. It is advised to contact the choir organisers before attending. Contact details are on the Alchemy Chorus website.

Belinda Alexandra – The Divine Feline

(A Chic Lady’s Guide to Woman’s Best Friend)
Murdoch Books, Australia, 2020

This is a book that has enjoyed sumptuous production treatment with its striking fashion illustration style hard cover and velvety velour spine with cursive gold font. It is indeed an object of desire and worthy of its subject, the mystique of the cat.

Belinda Alexander talks about The Devine Feline
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