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Irvine Welsh joins the chorus of praise for Omar Musa’s new book

Earlier in May we noted that Christos Tsiolkas was very keen for Canberra region author (and son of “CityNews” arts editor Helen Musa) Omar Musa’s forthcoming book. From one of Australia’s most respected authors we’ve now moved up to the world scale for gushing praise, with the original literary hard man Irvine Welsh getting in […]

Arts law advice seminars at Gorman House

THE Arts Law Centre of Australia is delivering three free seminars at Gorman House next week. Artform in Focus – Photography Monday April 28, 4.00pm to 5.00pm While the recent proliferation of digital photography competitions brings a host of opportunities for photographers to raise their profiles and potentially be rewarded, rights and ownership of images […]

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“The Sex Lives of Australians” wins ACT Book of the Year

JOY Burch has made the slightly startling announcement that Frank Bongiorono’s book “The Sex Lives of Australians: A History” has been named the ACT Book of the Year for 2014. Frank Bongiorno is an associate professor of history at the Australian National University. “I would like to congratulate Mr Bongiorno on his book, which was […]


HARDCOPY, a program for would be writers

ASPIRING writers have only a few days to get applications in for the ACT Writers Centre’s new “HARDCOPY” professional development program. Aimed squarely at emerging fiction writers who have a book-length manuscript in development, the program has been  funded through the Australia Council’s and the centre’s communication officer, Mandy King, couldn’t be more excited, describing […]

Write On, an introduction to the written arts at Gorman House

FREE workshops on comics, podcasting, fan fiction and self-publishing will be the focus at “Write On” this Sunday at Gorman House Arts Centre – and most Canberrans love a  freebie. A part of National Youth Week 2014, the workshops are intended to provide young people (aged 12 to 25 years) with the opportunity to explore […]

Rita’s light-hearted look at menopause.

CANBERRA author and artist Rita Wagner’s new book “Menopause Makes Mummy Mental” will be launched at the Lifeline Autumn Bookfair at Exhibition Park , 10am, on Saturday. Ten years in the writing and illustrating, Rita says it is with mixed emotions that her journey in writing it has reached this final point. “After so many years and many edits […]

Writers’ Centre gets Australia Council grant

THE popular ACT Writers Centre. Located in Gorman House Arts Centre,  has just secured funding from the Australia Council for the Arts for a professional development program for fiction writers in 2014. The idea of the program is to  help fiction writers produce the best possible manuscripts, facilitate relationships between writers and literary professionals, and […]

Poets from Perth and Hobart

TOMORROW’S “Poetry at The Gods” at the Gods Cafe, ANU Arts Centre, will feature two poets from Perth and Hobart respectively, Lucy Dougan and Adrienne Eberhard. Dougan’s books include “White Clay” (Giramondo) and “Meanderthals”  (Web del Sol); and her prizes The Mary Gilmore Award and The Alec Bolton Award. She works for the Westerly Centre […]

‘Absolutely Modern’—music and film this weekend

TOMORROW, Saturday, November 30 at 7.30pm in Llewellyn Hall Canberra Youth Orchestra presents an evening of which the centrepiece will be the world premiere of “My Canberra Symphony No. 2” by Marian Budos, commissioned for the Centenary of Canberra. Also part of the program will be Mendelssohn’s incidental music to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with […]

Writer Guida has designs on New York

AS Parliament House celebrates its 25th anniversary, the story has been told, many times over, of how a cohort of architectural families relocated from Philadelphia to Canberra to work on the new building and ended up staying. Indeed, the Centenary’s creative director, Robyn Archer, has characterised it as the continuation of an architectural tradition that […]