Wilson confirmed as Writers Centre CEO

The ACT Writers Centre has appointed arts and writing advocate, Meg Wilson, to the role of CEO.

Fantasy and banditry to the fore in writers’ awards

A humurous fantasy novel about a “slightly OCD princess” and a Javanese journey with a bunch of “bandit saints” are among the winners in the 2020 ACT Writers Awards, it was announced virtually this week, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Swifty the greyhound gets into the library

THERE was good news for Canberra publicist and author Marilyn Chalkley at the launch of her new children’s book, “Swifty the Greyhound: Where Is My Pie?”

Swifty’s personality leaps onto the page

Publicist Marilyn Chalkley's new children's book about her cheeky rescue greyhound, Swifty, will help raise funds for the charity Greyhound Connections.

Review / Bonynge book unveils two operatic lives

BILL STEPHENS reviews the book 'Chalet Monet – Inside the home of Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge', about the couple's fairytale Lake Geneva home.

Page wins $10,000 ACU poetry prize – again

Canberra's Geoff Page is the 2020 winner of the Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry for his poem “Jericho”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Hugh’s deep dive into discovering the inner self

“WHO am I, really?” asks social researcher and psychologist Hugh Mackay, in his latest book “The Inner Self”. 

Kids’ history book opens up Southeast Asia

An illustrated 46-page history of Southeast Asia aimed at young people has been published by HarperCollins, and it’s done the rounds as far afield as Dili, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Anni shares the stories that make the art scene tick 

Anni Doyle Wawrzyńczak’a journey to the publication of her book has been full of love, heartbreak and a mighty amount of research, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Compelling’ book tells Fredrikson’s extraordinary story

The result is a compelling, meticulously researched, and very readable, account of Fredrikson’s career, and a fascinating insight into the inspiration and process which drove this extraordinarily creative individual, writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS of the book "Kristian Fredrikson Designer".

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.





Up-close view of famous artworks

Standing in front of one masterpiece after another is daunting… seeing the brushstrokes, the lines, colours and shapes of these master works come alive, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.


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