Sarah Firth – Eventually Everything Connects

Published by Joan, an imprint of Allen & Unwin
Australia, 2023
Text hand lettered by Sarah Firth
Cover and text designed by Sarah Firth and Joanna Hunt

The publication of this book by a mainstream Australian publishing house is significant. It is recognition of something teachers and parents have always known – that people learn, see things and process information and ideas in different ways.

Barbie speaks to Sarah Firth about Eventually Everything Connects
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Canberra Bach Ensemble – Bach Advent Cantatas

St Christopher’s Cathedral
Cnr Furneaux and Franklin Streets, Manuka ACT
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2023

The Canberra Bach Ensemble celebrates the Christmas season with its performances of Bach’s Advent Cantatas BWV 61, 36, 62, and 1 in the magnificent space of St. Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka, Canberra.

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Canberra Spinners and Weavers – Transformation with a Twist and a Turn

70 Maclaurin Crescent Chifley ACT
Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November 2023 10am to 4pm
Sunday 12 November 2023 11am to 3pm

The annual exhibition of the Canberra Spinners and Weavers includes open days, a silent auction, demonstrations and sales tables. Beautiful handmade garments, scarves and other textile objects are available for sale as well as hand spun yarns.

Lynne Johnson from Canberra Spinners and Weavers talks about Transformation with a Twist and a Turn


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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