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Sam Vincent – My Father and Other Animals

Black Inc, an imprint of Schwartz Books Pty Ltd, Australia, 2022; second edition 2023
Cover design Akiko Chan
Cover image Getty/221A

Sam Vincent’s memoir/philosophy about country, community and heritage is a highly readable work which has us both laughing at the author’s self-deprecatory accounts of his introduction to sustainable farming and deeply considering matters of succession, inheritance and First Nations connection with the land.

Barbie spoke to Sam Vincent about My Father and Other Animals
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Musica Viva Australia – 2024 Concert program

February to November 2024, various venues

The 2024 program is a blend of tradition and innovation, with seven national tours to six states and territories, four world premieres by Australian composers, and 26 of the world’s best artists including William Barton, The Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto and pianist Kirill Gerstein.

Barbie spoke to Musca Viva’s Artistic Director Paul Kildea about the 2024 program
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BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

State Library of NSW
1-5 November 2023 and live streamed nationally 

 BAD Sydney celebrates Australian crime writing with a program of author panels, entertaining social events, writing workshops, guided walks and the opportunity to pitch to a publisher.

Barbie spoke to BAD Sydney’s Catherine de Peloux Menage
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Wendy Holden – The Princess

Welbeck Fiction Limited, Great Britain, 2023
An imprint of Welbeck Publishing Group
Cover design Simon Michele
Cover images Irene Gittarelli/Trevillion Images, Shutterstock

This is the third of Wendy Helden’s historical fictions focussed on women considered to be disrupters in the glittering sphere of the British Royal family. The Princess is a fictionalised version of the early life of Diana Spencer, the first wife of (now) King Charles.

Barbie spoke to Wendy Holden about The Princess
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Bell Shakespeare – Twelfth Night

Canberra Theatre Centre
13 – 21 October 2023

Director Heather Fairbairn places her characters in a garden setting that transforms throughout the play, linking their mortality to life cycles in nature and asking them, along with the audience, to find light in the darkness.

Barbie spoke to Jane Montgomery Griffiths, who plays Malvolia
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Moving Archetypes (Padma Menon) Dance – Invoking the Secret Waters

Archetypal Dance contemplation course
Separate in-person and online classes
Beginning mid-October 2023

This eight-week course explores the universal archetype of water. In Indian dance, water holds an ancient wisdom for the archetypal dance; the Apsara, is a being that moves in the waters.

Barbie spoke to Padma Menon about Moving Archetypes
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Rebus Theatre, Canberra Community Law and Legal Aid ACT – Just Hearing

Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre
7pm – 8.30pm 20 October 2023

This innovative forum theatre performance during Mental Health Month challenges the legal system to understand the impacts of trauma on clients. 

Barbie spoke to Fi Peel and Robin Davidson from the Just Hearing project
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Margaret Bice – Bird Song

A mixed media exhibition of miniatures focusing on endangered bird species
Wren’s Nest Gallery in the Designer Shop Emporium
1 Lyell Street Fyshwick
Tuesday 2 October to Sunday 22 October 2023
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm

Margaret Bice says she has aways enjoyed the bird life around her.

Margaret Bice talks about Bird Song
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Isla Patterson – Country Vistas

Kyeema Gallery, Hall ACT
Until 22 October 2023

Much loved and highly awarded Canberra artist Isla Patterson tells us that this will probably be her last solo exhibition and so this is a very good reason not to miss it.

Barbie visited Kyeema Gallery to talk to Isla Patterson about Country Vistas
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Allee Richards – A Light in the Dark

Hachette, Australia, 2023
Cover design Alissa Dinallo
Cover illustration Karin Locke

This is a book about growing up. Allee Richards captures perfectly that teenage girl angst which many of us will remember despite, in some cases, being decades past this time of life.

Barbie talks to Allee Richards about A Light in the Dark
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