Stefan Gevers – Trees Never Sleep

Suki and Hugh Gallery
38A Gibraltar Street  Bungendore NSW
25 May to 23 June 2024

. The exhibition presents new works in watercolour by Melbourne-based artist Stefan Gevers. It is his fourth at Suki and Hugh. For previous exhibitions Stefan has been inspired by the landscape of the Southern Tablelands with a particular fascination and focus on Lake George.

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Amelia McInerney and Alexandra Colombo: Jeff Giraffe – The Great Escape

Larrikin House, Australia, 2024
Design and artwork Mary Anastasiou (

What an ebullient author Amelia McInerney is, creating stories with charm, humour and quirky characters  – a delight for children and their adult reading companions!

Barbie spoke to Amelia McInerney about Jeff Giraffe – The Great Escape
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Rebus Theatre – The Art of Disruption

30 May – 1 June 2014
ACT Hub, 14 Spinifex St, Kingston ACT 2604
Co-directed by Sammy Moynihan and Melissa Gryglewski
1 hr no interval, all shows captioned

In Rebus Theatre’s newest production featuring disabled actors and actors living with mental health challenges you are invited to witness the transformative impact of perseverance, creativity and the strength of leadership.

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Apeiron Baroque – Travel and Change

Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
4pm Sunday 9th June 2024

Travel and Change juxtaposes philosophical musings and music from the Baroque era, continuing Apeiron Baroque’s interest in sparking interesting connections between seemingly unrelated fields of expertise.

The company will be joined by presenter Drew Ninnis. The repertoire includes Veracini, Blainville, Handel, JS Bach and Herschel.

About Apeiron Baroque

Apeiron Baroque was launched in 2022 by Early Music specialists, John Ma (Violin/Viola/d’amore) and Marie Searles (fortepiano/harpsichord). The company presents high-quality concerts that are honest, raw, and passionate in a casual atmosphere. Repertoire ranges from the early Baroque (c.1700) through to the early Romantic (c.1850) performed on period instruments in historically appropriate styles.

Performances are designed to be entertaining, informative, and accessible to all ages and backgrounds; new audience members should not fear the experience of a Baroque concert!

Primary and Secondary school students have FREE entry

Diane Armstrong – The Wild Date Palm

HQ Fiction, an imprint of HQBooks, a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers Australia P/L, Australia 2019
Cover design Darren Holt, HarperCollins Design Studio
Cover images: Magdalena Russocka/Trevillion Images; istockphoto; shutterstock

This book is based on WW1 era young Jewish activists, the Aaronsohns, who formed a secret spy ring to defeat their oppressive Turkish rulers and assist British forces in the Middle East.

Barbie talks to Diane Armstrong about The Wild Date Palm
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Samantha Tidy and  Rachel Gyan: Wollemi – Saving a Dinosaur Tree

CSIRO Publishing, Australia, 2023

We were walking around the Australian National Botanic Gardens recently and came across a Wollemi, described as a dinosaur, not because of its appearance but because of its age. The legend panel beside the tree spoke of its chance discovery by David Noble and this is indeed the springboard for Samantha Tidy’s text in Wollemi.

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Rhiân Williams and Tom Jellett – Emergency! Emergency! – Vehicles to the Rescue

Published by Wild Dog, Australia, 2022

One of the many debates in education circles is the issue of core knowledge. Is there a set of facts that everyone needs in our society? Or is it more important that young people learn how to find the information they need?

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The 2024 HSBC German Film Festival

Palace Electric Canberra
7 to 29 May 2024

The opening night film, From Hilde, With Love, is an historical drama set in 1942 Berlin. It tells the remarkable true story of a young German woman drawn into the anti-Nazi resistance movement during World War II.

Christop Muecher, Director of the Goethe Institut Australia talks to Barbie about the 2024 HSBC German Film Festival
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Nikki Mottram – Killarney

University of Queensland Press, Australia, 2024
Cover design Christabella Designs
Cover photograph by Shutterstock

The second Dana Gibson crime thriller is an examination of the nature of family, including sibling relationships and maternal love. These two themes and subject lines not only propel the plot but also determine the strong character focus of the book. This is, of course, fitting with a heroine who works in child protection.

Barbie spoke to Nikki Mottram about Killarney
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Joined at the HIP – a new recording of Schumann’s Dicterliebe

Neal Peres Da Costa, Piano, and Koen Van Stade, Tenor
Sung in German
Deux-Elles classical recording label, UK

Total playing time 28 mins 56 sec

This historically informed performance (HIP) of Dicterliebe, Robert Schumann’s most famous song cycle, was recorded in Sydney over three days. But it was years in the making.

Richard spoke to Neal Peres Da Costa about the new recording of Dicterliebe. The interview includes excerpts of the recording.
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Apeiron Baroque concert in Gunning

Gunning Focus Group
The Courtroom, 101 Yass Strett, Gunning NSW
2pm Sunday 2 June 2024

You can be assured of stellar musicianship and an highly enjoyable and relaxed concert with early music specialists John Ma (violin/viola/viola d’amore) and Marie Searles (fortepiano/harpsichord/piano)