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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 […]

Andrew Leigh has a book out

CANBERRA’S Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh, has a new book out, “The Economics of Just About Everything, The hidden reasons for our curious choices and surprising successes”. Allen & Unwin are selling the hardcopy for $26.99, or Amazon have it for Kindle e-readers for a mere $9.99. No less august a personage than Annabel Crabb […]

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 […]