Dr Karen mines goldfield stories for good fiction

Historian Dr Karen Downing has been using new methods to search the National Library’s Trove database to find a vast archive of more than 21,000 short stories that had been published in Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1955, reports KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK.

Hart’s had fun with clones in ‘Canberra’

Local filmmaker-actor-academic Ian Hart has turned from stage and screen to books with his young adult novel “Ben: The Boy From Nowhere”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Burgess shares stories of an adventurous little ship

THERE’S something counterintuitive about a book on an Antarctic ship named “Wyatt Earp” coming out of landlocked Canberra, but when author Trish Burgess explains...

Autobiography puts Morrison’s indiscretions on show

Turnbull goes out of his way in his book to nail Morrison’s games, and those of his office, writes poltical columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. WITH nice...

Luka finds modern meaning in ‘The Odyssey’

If resilience is the key to survival during the present COVID-19 pandemic, then there's hardly a better model than Homer’s wandering hero Odysseus—Ulysses, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Spotlight on ballet costumes of character

Arts editor HELEN MUSA speaks to local dance writer Michelle Potter about her latest book celebrating the art of Kristian Fredrikson.

Writing awards seek new horizons of history and heritage

THE 2021 RAAF Heritage Awards competition is now open to entries, a good chance for grounded writers to flex their literary muscles while also enhancing the records of the Air Force and foster interest in its history and heritage.

Hawke shares family’s scandalous secrets 

Author Allan Hawke outside his forebears' Blundell's Cottage down by Lake Burley Griffin… “Family histories are incredible things to do, you just have to be prepared for the secrets you will uncover.”

ACT students welcome new Australian Children’s Laureate

The Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020-2021 is author Ursula Dubosarsky, it was announced at the National Library this morning (February 11). 

Cadwallader writes a ‘compelling’ win

MURRUMBATEMAN author Robyn Cadwallader has been awarded the $10,000 prize for 2019 ACT Book of the Year.

Elita’s spiritual book of memories and messages 

Author Elita Mackay, has woven early childhood memories from growing up in Bombala into a work of fiction in her debut novel “The Wind Queen”. 

Locals write some big wins in publishing awards

At its annual awards night held this evening (December 5) in The Street Theatre, the ACT Writers Centre announced the winners of its 2019 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.

Heiss brings Cowra love story to life at UC

Author Anita Heiss visited the University of Canberra this morning (November 21) as her novel, “Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms”, was announced as the UC Book of the Year for 2020.

Majura poets celebrate a decade with a menu of poems

It was a happy 10th birthday anniversary celebration last night (November 13) for Majura Cafe Poets as they launched “Poetry On The Menu”, a collection of verse written by a group of poets who gather each week at the Siam Twist in Hackett.

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. 

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