This is the fifth of Blanche d’Alpuget’s Birth of the Plantagenets series and I confess that I come to it as a stand alone novel, not having yet read the four previous books. However, while reading the entire series is ideal and recommended, it is perfectly possible to enjoy this one alone.
This is the third of Joanna Nell’s novels, each of which explores aspects of ageing and particularly ageing for women. Jo writes with gentle humour, with compassion and respect, but never shirks from addressing the tough matter of this subject.
Pub Rock celebrates the people, places, scenes and sounds defining 1970s and 1980s Australia. Drawn primarily from the Gallery’s collection and enriched with works by leading Australian music photographers including Tony Mott and Wendy McDougall, Pub Rock features staged portraits and publicity shots alongside images captured during unguarded moments and the grungy energy of live performances.
The Fitters Workshop, Kingston Tuesday 17 to Sunday 22 November 2020 Public invited to view the works and vote for the People’s Choice
There are 290 works are on display at this year’s exhibition, an amazing feat in COVID times and a mighty job of installation for Vice-President Angharad Dean and her team. The number and calibre of works must also have made it hard work for the judges.
This charming tale of a recue greyhound recounts the (mostly) true story of the author’s adoption of her dog Swifty through Greyhound Connections, a voluntary Canberra based organisation that rehomes former racing greyhounds.
The Shearer’s Wife is the 16th and latest of Fleur McDonald’s best-selling rural suspense novels. It is set in small town regional South Australia and with a rich cast of characters, some of whom carry over from previous books. For new readers, no previous reading is required to immediately feel familiarity with the Barker community.
An online and live celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture through story, song, art dance and ceremony.
A range of online performances from some of Canberra’s most accomplished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists will be released online throughout the week from the Belco Arts website www.belcoarts.com.au/naidoc.
Directed by Justin Buckingham Featuring vocalists Neille Williams and Tony Haley and composers/arrangers Mike Dooley, Sally Greenaway and Bryan Hooley 12.30 to 3.30pm Sunday 22 November 2020
This is the first live event for the band in 2020 due to Covid shut downs and restrictions and hence a cause for celebration.
ConneXion Big Band is a long established Canberra-based community jazz band open to all comers who are of a suitable musical standard.
The band delivers a wide cross-section of big band era and popular music styles. ConneXion also commissions and performs music written by Australian musicians, including local composers.
As COVID restrictions ease here, the Harmonie German Club has welcomed the opportunity to showcase the ConneXion repertoire by inviting the band to provide the musical backdrop to what looks to be a very enjoyable lunch out.
Marion Schumacher’s exhibition depicts the beauty of the Australian bush – the trees, the rocks, the waterways. With affection and a keen eye for detail, Marion invites us to observe the preciousness of pristine natural places and to note not just the broad sweep of a view but to also see the finer aspects a closer inspection delivers.
Her subjects in this exhibition include coral reefs, waterfalls, the beach, boats and tree filled scenes, all capturing the particular qualities of light rendered by the changing seasons.
Marion has drawn and painted since childhood. After attending art colleges and privately run art schools, she freelanced as a sign writer before becoming a professional artist in her 20s. She recently became a partner in the Bungendore Fine Art Gallery.
Image: Marion Schumacher – Southern Tablelands View
Paul Jurak began kayaking in the thick of a punishing treatment regime for cancer, intending it to be a physical path to returned fitness. Never having kayaked, he took the plunge and bought two kayaks on the basis of an advertisement for a 50 per cent special, ventured untrained onto the lake and on his first sortie snapped a photo of his son using a phone camera.
Interconnect is a sharing of movement and design, exploring the connections between India and Canberra, from the 80,000 years of history of the land, to the designs of Burley Griffin and the present Covid restrictions upon and within the body.
Liz Lea, Apsaras Arts Canberra, Vanaja Dasika, Ira Patkar, Debora di Centa and Rainbow for a delightful foray into classical Indian and contemporary dance viewed through the design of the body, place and space.
Photograph credit: Barbie Robinson, Writing with Light – Liz Lea in performance at NPG 2020
This thrilling fantasy romp by the prolific Garth Nix draws on his experiences in various aspects of the book trade, his travels in England and particularly his 1983 sojourn there, but it also pays homage to his childhood reading of authors like Alan Garner and Susan Cooper.
It has the same mystic, mythic quality as the works of these English writers, and is steeped in the mystery of a natural world where stones and trees have animate qualities and immense powers.
Roland Perry is the author of 36 books, the latest of which is Red Lead, a dramatised history of the events surrounding the sinking of HMAS Perth by the Japanese in the Sunda Strait in WW11, the capture of some of its survivors on Java and their experiences as prisoners of war in the direst of conditions, including at Changi and on the Thai-Burma Railway.
It is a highly accessible style of history telling, which focusses on the experiences, relationships and feelings of the individuals in the thick of it, rather than on military commanders and campaigns run from remote offices.
Dr Nicole Hammill and Rachel Gould have just been appointed as artistic co-convenors at Music For Canberra.
Sydney-born Nicole Hammill studied in the US for 11 years, achieving a Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University. She subsequently lectured at two American universities and returned to Australia to lecture at James Cook University.
Dr Hammill has taught at the Queensland Conservatorium the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Southern Queensland.
She has been an active soloist and chamber musician, performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since1999. She has acted as Principal First Violin for five years.
An AMEB examiner and frequent adjudicator, in 2007, she completed a Graduate Diploma of Counselling, leading to an interest in personality theory and its application to music teaching.
Dr Hammill will take prime responsibility for the classical music orchestras and instruction for MFC.
Rachel Gould is a Bachelor of Music graduate from the ANU School of Music, where she studied clarinet and piano.
She has worked in the Canberra music scene for around 20 years, including at ANU, as a professional stage manager, as production and operations manager at the National Folk Festival, and as production and venue manager for the Canberra International Music Festival.
Propelled by a passion for youth music education, she has also been the ACT outreach officer managing the ACT Musica Viva in Schools program and Masterclass Series, and the artistic director of the Young Music Society’s summer school program. Rachel will focus particularly on non-classical music programs at MFC.
The new co-convenors share a passion for youth music education and will no doubt contribute richly with their talents and impressive qualifications to the MFC organisation and to Canberra’s music landscape.