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The 'mommy porn' myth: who are the Fifty Shades of Grey fans?

By Hannah McCann, Australian National University WITH the release of Fifty Shades of Grey in cinemas this week, serious questions have been raised about whether the film depicts abuse – including on The Conversation. Some feminist groups have staged protests at screenings and a campaign has been launched to encourage donations to domestic violence shelters […]

‘Atua’ book wins international prize for NGA

THE National Gallery of Australia has been awarded the Prix International du Livre d’art Tribal 2014 Award for “Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia”, the 256-page book accompanying this year’s exhibition at the gallery of largely ancient Pacific art. The prize is awarded annually and judged by a panel of leading art professionals, recognises quality, diversity […]

Coming-of-age book the end of a long road for Kabu

IT’S the end of a long creative haul for Canberra actor, writer and director Kabu Okai-Davies as he prepares to launch a coming-of-age book this weekend. Based on his own experiences growing up in Ghana, the book, “Curfew’s Children”, would not have been possible “if Australia had not provided me with the sense of cultural […]

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Book review / Gillard’s My Story, a defence of her prime ministership

By Natalie Mast, University of Western Australia JULIA Gillard’s autobiography, My Story, presents a comprehensive defence of her prime ministership. Gillard dives straight into the heart of her story, beginning on the day she was sworn in as prime minister. The book is laid out via a series of themes. So rather than having to […]

Show will go on at Smith’s on Friday

SAD to hear that Brisbane poet and performer and winner of the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Prize, David Stavanger, has been forced to cancel his ACT/Sydney tour for health reasons. Stavanger, perhaps even better known as performance poet ‘Ghostboy’, was to have launched his latest book, “The Special” (UQP), a poetic memoir of surreal poems/flash fiction which […]


UC poetry prize winners announced!

The winners of the inaugural University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Prize have been announced, judged from 1,050 entries from over 600 poets, the winners are: First prize ($15,000): David Adés for Dazzled Runner-up ($5000): Debi Hamilton for What big plans you have Shortlist: Lisa Brockwell for Blackout, Isi Unikowski for A Jokoban, Tim Robertson for […]

Novelist talks about ‘incendiary’ book

WEST Australian author Peter Docker is in town tonight promoting his controversial new novel “Sweet One”. Starting with real-life events, the deaths in custody of Aboriginal men in Queensland and WA, “Sweet One” published by Fremantle Press, is a thriller about the possible future of black and white relations. Described as incendiary, thought-provoking and powerful, […]

Canberra author raises armchair travel to an art form

CANBERRA author John Brookes is the quintessential armchair traveller — and he’s not ashamed to admit it. Brookes, who moved to Canberra from Britain in 2012, has been travelling the globe by reading contemporary literature from each country, first mapping out a travel list of well over 270 destinations including every UN-recognised state and a […]

Canberra Confidential / Old Tony hasn’t loomed large

CANBERRAN Edwina Trollope is the the great-great-great granddaughter of prolific English novelist and inveterate traveller Anthony Trollope. She is to launch a book in Manuka about g-g-g-grandad’s adventures in  Australia and NZ in the 1870s, but admits light-heartedly: “I haven’t read any of Anthony’s books and am very ashamed!” Now she’s frantically trying to make amends. With […]