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Fleur McDonald – Shock Waves

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2024
Cover design Nada Backovic
Cover images Cover images © Ysbrand Cosijn/Trevillion Images; Danny Hetherington; istock

This is the latest in the early life and career of Detective Dave novels, set at a transitional point when his boss Bob is very ill with cancer and in the throes of debilitating chemotherapy.

Barbie spoke to Fleur McDonald about Shock Waves
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Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion – The Glass House

Hachette, Australia, 2024
Cover design and illustrations by Alex Ross
Cover image Shutterstock

While The Glass House is a work of contemporary fiction, amply meeting our needs for a fast-paced plot and well-developed characters, it is also a study of the state and status of psychiatric medicine in Australia.

Prof Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion spoke to Barbie about The Glass House
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Robbie Karmel – Sitting Standing Turning

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Until 8 June 2024
Participatory Event: Saturday 20 April, 2:30 – 4:30pm
Panel Drawing Performance: Saturday 25 May, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

The works in this show are therapeutic responses to trauma. They also document a process of recovery, from sitting, to standing, to turning.

Barbie spoke to Robbie Karmel at Tuggeranong Arts Centre
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Apeiron Baroque – Shipwrecked

4pm Sunday 21 April 2024
Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest, ACT

Countertenor Tobias Cole will be joined by a small band of strings (and harpsichord!) to present stormy vocal works by Baroque composers Ariosti, Vivaldi, Handel, and Hasse. Fans of music without words will also be treated to unusual instrumental gems by Biber, Uccellini, Cazzati, Vilsmayr, and Bononcini!

Barbie spoke to John Ma and Tobias Cole about Shipwrecked
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Caroline Huf, Kati Gorgenyi , Janet Long – Abode

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Until 8 June 2024

This exhibition explores what abode means to the three presenting artists. Their works include video, sculptures and paintings.

Barbie spoke to Caroline Huf, Kati Gorgenyi and Janet Long at Tuggeranong Arts Centre
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Kate Thompson – The Wartime Book Club

Published by Hodder & Stoughton, UK, 2024 (an Hachette UK company)
Cover design Becky Gibbery
Cover photographs Lauren Rautenbach/Arcangel; Shutterstock

This is the sort of book that is often described as a ‘sweeping historical romance’. For me, however, what is remarkable about this excellent book is the way the author helps us to understand the intensity and horror of Occupation.

Barbie talks to Kate Thompson about The Wartime Book Club
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Gina Newton and Nandina Vines – <em>Spider Wars </em>

Wilkinson Publishing Pty Ltd, Australia, 2024
Design Alicia Freile, Tango Media
Illustrations and information section designed by Nandina Vines

The natural world conflict of Spider Wars, a picture book by Gina Newton and Nandina Vines is a story of territorial dispute between the Wolf Spiders and the Peacock Spiders. The author and illustrator also tell a kind of Romeo and Juliet tale of star-crossed lovers.

Gina Newton speaks to Barbie about Spider Wars
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Aleesah Darlison & Cheri Hughes – Super Sloth Episode 2: Revenge of the Chick-Oats

Big Sky Publishing, Australia, 2024
Cover and internal design by Cheri Hughes

Aleesah Darlison’s Super Sloth series will appeal to the legions of super-hero and intergalactic wars fans. With its mostly anthropomorphic characters, the story is a classic good versus evil tale, of the sort that fantasy readers embrace (as do readers of adult crime).

Aleesha Darlison talks to Barbie about Revenge of the Chick-Oats
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Abbey Lay – Lead Us Not

Viking Books an imprint of Penguin Books Australia, 2024
Cover design Alex Ross @ Penguin Random House Australia P/L
Cover image Source/Getty Images

While the two leads in this story are girls in their final year of high school, it is a book that will strike a chord with readers, no matter their age or gender. It’s far more than a coming of age tale and however far from the last years of school we are, we do all recall that particular agony of growing up.

Abbey Lay spoke to Barbie about Lead us Not
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Tenzin Choegyal  – Heart Strings

The Street Theatre
7.30pm Friday 5 April 2024

Artist, composer, cultural ambassador and son of Tibetan nomads, Tenzin Choegyal feels a connection to the music of the high Himalayan plateau and remains dedicated to preserving the cultural traditions of his ancestors. 

Barbie spoke to Tenzin Choegyal about Heart Strings
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Sharon & Slava Grigoryan – Our Place

The Street Theatre
7.30pm. 6 April 2024

Sharon and Slava Grigoryan’s repertoire includes standard works for guitar and cello (Vivaldi, Granados, Piazzolla), creations by contemporary composers, their own compositions and new arrangements of familiar favourites. 

Barbie talks to Sharon Grigoryan about Our Place
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Sarah Bailey – Body of Lies

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2024
Cover design Luke Causby/Blue Cork
Cover images Adobe Stock

The body snatching that occurs early in this novel will immediately flag for those of us of a certain vintage both the 17th, 18th and 19th century practice of the removal and sale of corpses for medical dissection and the fanciful sci-fi novel The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Jack Finney,1954) and film adaptations (1956, 1978, 1993 and 2007).

Sarah Bailey talks to Barbie about Body of Lies
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Barbara Dawson – Layered Land: Time, Fragility, Repair

M16 Artspace, Gallery 3
21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT
Friday 22 March – Sunday 14 April 2024
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12 noon to 5pm

Barbara Dawson’s Layered Land series of drawings and textiles investigates the way a place is remembered. In the mind’s reinterpreting details are altered, omitted, and become imbued with one’s own emotional outlook.

Barbie spoke to Barbara Dawson at M16 about Layered Land: Time, Fragility, Repair
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