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...

Arts / Writing festival faced with political drama

AS organisers of the 2018 Canberra Writers Festival tie up loose ends, they must be thanking the gods of Parliament House for having played...

Arts / ‘Humble’ Viggers writes about place

ONE of Canberra's hottest properties on the literary front is Karen Viggers, but international success has neither gone to her head nor made her...

Arts / Book week kicks off with rollicking pirates

THE Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week kicks off tomorrow (August 18), but to introduce it the ACT branch held an event this...

Opinion / When affluent women get a belting

"Working-class domestic violence is a common theme in modern literature, but there is very little that covers middle-class domestic violence.," writes Canberra author and academic ALISON BOOTH

Author Devon brings metafiction to life for kids

SLEEP deprivation from a newborn and a postgraduate degree on metafiction was the perfect mix for the publication of Devon Sillett’s first children’s book,...

How a woman on the moon got John writing

Journalist CAM WILSON talks to a Canberra submarine engineer whose stargazing and curiosity led him to a whole new career – fiction writing. With three books under his belt, there's a fourth on the horizon.

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