Joining a growing collection of contemporary, fictionalised histories of the twentieth century Nazi period in Europe, some reviewed on this website, Steve Matthews’ novel tells the story of Ania, a beautiful young Polish woman.
First published in Great Britain by Maclehose Press, an imprint of Quercus Publishing Ltd Published in 2020 in Australia by Hachette
This is a charming and informative book. I loved it.
Lotte Möller is a Swedish journalist, writer and bee-keeper. This work, while full of classical and literary allusions, is a readable little text about the complexities and social implication s of bee-keeping.
Palace Electric Canberra from 4 February 2021 99 minutes, rated M Danish with English subtitles
Falling comfortably in the currently popular genre of stories centred on female friendships and self-discovery in mature years, The Food Club has been compared with Eat, Pray, Love, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Belconnen Arts Centre 30 January – 6 February 2021 7pm nightly and also at 12.30pm Saturday 6 February 55 mins, suitable for all ages
Featuring acrobatics, juggling, aerials, comedy and dance, this is an energetic, family-friendly, all-in circus celebration of the 30th anniversary of Warehouse in Canberra. The young circus performers have devised a work that explores the weight and richness of legacies.
The works in this exhibition clearly and beautifully demonstrate the artist’s architecture background. Phil Page is interested in the way cities develop in layers, built one upon another. His works are created in the same way, documenting his memory of place and change.
This is a wonderfully funny, wonderfully clever social-political satire that takes a swipe, albeit not a vicious one, at almost every aspect of contemporary life.
Former diplomat Peter Rodgers aimed to write a book with a laugh on every page, and he has succeeded. There is a serious intent and much research in this work, but the humour is what the reader carries away, demonstrating that a skilled hand has directed it.
Palace Electric and Hoyts cinemas from 14 January 2021 Family CG-animated feature, 78 min Parental guidance recommended for younger children
The legendary HEINZELMÄNNCHEN of Cologne were gnomes secretly finishing craftmen’s work at night until they were ousted by a tailor’s malevolent wife 200 years ago.
Ever since then, the Heinzels have been hiding in a secret underground habitation where any contact with the upper world – and, most of all, with humans – is strictly forbidden. But one day, lively Heinzel girl Helvi decides that she cannot stand the restriction of this little world any longer.
With music from countries around the world, you can enjoy the travel currently not possible in real life by attending a class at Folk Dance Canberra. Classes are suitable for all ages and all levels of dance experience.
Folk Dance Canberra is a welcoming community providing physical and social well-being through world dance. No partner necessary (socially distanced Covid safe dancing).
This debut novel set in Brisbane in the 1890s provides the perfect vehicle for an author with the twin passions of history and social justice.
Joanna Beresford chooses for her heroine Lilian, a young working class woman from an immigrant background, who is forced to fend for herself in the quest for education and improved social standing – and often merely to survive.
At Palace Electric, Dendy and Hoyts in Canberra from 7 January 2021 81 minutes, rated PG – Family
The premise of this originally Danish film (with American voicing) is that our dreams are a kind of sound stage managed by a group of benevolent creatures ensuring we wake in time to avert disaster.
The now rather common story line of a family blending with unlike children having to cope with a sudden unannounced coming together in a home setting, unprepared by previous meetings or outing, feels rather too derivative for my liking.
A selection of the stories is being published online in the lead up to the 2021 Gunning Arts Festival and some will be selected to be performed and published in a booklet to be printed as part of the Festival.