New artistic director for Canberra Writers Festival

The Canberra Writers Festival has announced that literary agent, author and former publisher, Jeanne Ryckmans¸ will be its new artistic director.

Latham’s ‘Flowers’ bloom in a free book

Chris Latham, the first musical artist in residence for the Australian War Memorial, can hardly suppress his excitement as he shows off his new publication, “The Flowers of The Great War”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Love leads the re-publication of six children’s books

An unusual combination of family memories and the love of books has led to the re-publication of six children's books written by the late author, Bettina Ehrlich.

Canberra man turns ‘solace’ into a winning poem

Once again a Canberra poet has won the $10,000 Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry.

Canberra Writers Festival opens today

Armed with its idiosyncratic triple-barrelled theme “Power.Politics.Passion”, the fourth Canberra Writers Festival opens today (August 21) with a host of literary celebs and political writers descending on the nation’s capital.

Study remembers satirist John Clarke

The late satirist John Clarke has not received the scholarly attention his cultural contribution deserves, according to the Australasian Humour Studies Network. 

Dictionary collects unique nicknames of places

The Australian National Dictionary Centre is on the lookout for names people give their favourite places – like "Freo", "the Gong" and closer to home, "Quangers" or "Tuggers".

Writers in for a weekend of ‘Flash Fiction’

"Flash Fiction" is the flavour of the decade in writing circles and Canberra is about to see a whole weekend devoted to it, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Verse novel reflects on Emily Remler’s life

CANBERRA poet Geoff Page combines his twin loves, jazz and poetry, in a new book, “Elegy for Emily: A Verse Biography of Emily Remler...

‘Puberty Blues’ co-author named Coombs Fellow

Australian author Gabrielle Carey has taken up residency at the Australian National University as the H.C Coombs Creative Arts Fellow for 2019.

Refugee focus for World Poetry Day

Canberra poets and people of conscience will descend on Garema Place in Civic on Thursday (March 21) for the UNESCO-designated World Poetry Day, writes HELEN MUSA.

Arts / Penelope’s poems shortlisted for big award

CANBERRA poet Penelope Layland has been shortlisted for the $30,000 Kenneth Slessor Prize for 2019 for her latest collection, “Things I've Thought To Tell...

Arts / New book looks at grassroots Islam

IN his heyday, teaching at the ANU, Indonesia scholar George Quinn had the reputation of being able to produce students who were more or...

Arts / Collis writes a love poetry winner

A BOOK of love poetry has been awarded the ACT Book of the Year at the ACT Writers Centre awards at Ainslie Arts Centre...

Arts / ‘Russ the bus’ drives children to read

BUSES seem to run deep in Australian culture, and now news is to hand that "Russ the Story Bus" will be touring to Canberra...

Unlovely Billy McMahon finally gets a biography

MANIPULATIVE, terrible and fierce, yet William (Billy) McMahon was, until now, the only Australian prime minister who didn’t have a biography written about him. The...

‘Enthralling’ novel named UC ‘book of the year’

“THE Natural Way of Things”, by Charlotte Wood, has been chosen as the 2019 University of Canberra Book of the Year. The UC Book Project,...

Arts / Lavers wins UC poetry prize for a second time

FOR the second time in its short history, the $15,000 vice-chancellor's International Poetry Prize has gone to American poet poet Michael Lavers. At an event...

Arts / Poetry festival moves into town

THE fourth year of the festival "Poetry on the Move", kicked off today—with a change. Although hosted by the International Poetry Studies Institute within...

Arts / ANU celebrates 200 years of monsters

IT’s a happy 200th birthday to Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel “Frankenstein” and the Australian National University is holding a conference to celebrate. The conference, “Frankenstein...

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