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Short list announced for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year

JOY Burch has announced that four books have been shortlisted for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year Award. “My sincere congratulations go to...

Bush poet performs at Poets’ Corner today

IF you’re in Civic today, Thursday from 12.30-1pm, look around for Poets’ Corner in Garema Place.  Local bush poet Laurie McDonald (“although almost none of...

UC book choice confirms ‘Stella’ novel

EMILY Bitto’s ‘Stella’ prize-winning debut novel, “The Strays,” has been announced today as the 2016 University of Canberra Book of the Year. The manuscript of...

Write On, an introduction to the written arts at Gorman House

FREE workshops on comics, podcasting, fan fiction and self-publishing will be the focus at “Write On” this Sunday at Gorman House Arts Centre –...

Arts / ‘Trouble’ brings Maura a prize

CANBERRA author Maura Pierlot’s “The Trouble in Tune Town” has been was just awarded Best Illustrated Children’s E-Book at the Independent Publisher Book Awards...

Canberra poet a winner in 2016 ACU Poetry Prize

SYDNEY poet and author Mark Trennedick’s poem “The Horse” has won the Australian Catholic University’s 2016 ACU Poetry Prize, just pipping Canberra poet  Lesley...

Author searches for the Arnhem Land ‘back’ story

NOBEL Laureate Patrick White was fond of likening his writing process to “welding”, but for author and journalist Paul Daley, it’s more a matter...
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Omar Musa responds to being locked out of the ACT Book of the Year

WE were surprised to learn yesterday that Queanbeyan's Omar Musa had been denied entry to the ACT Book of the Year competition for having...

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.

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.

Griffiths / Omar’s swift kick in the vernaculars

“Wish we had a white person with us Ten empty cabs have passed us by.” –from “Here Come The Dogs” by Omar 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...

Photo taken in Hitler’s bathtub inspires $15,000 winning poem

A POEM about a famous war-time photograph of a woman in Adolf Hitler’s bathtub has won the $15,000 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry...

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.

Stunning pictures of African journeys

PRIZEWINNING photographer Basia Meder’s newest book is charmingly titled, “Granny Backpacker in Africa.” A stunning assemblage of African travel adventure stories, it is illustrated...

Champion of African culture loses battle with cancer

MEMBERS of Canberra’s artistic and multicultural community have been saddened to learn of the death last Friday of writer and former producer of the...

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.

UC’s Paul Hetherington has won a Roman residency

THE Head of the University of Canberra’s International Poetry Studies Institute, Dr Paul Hetherington, has won an $18,000 grant from the Literature Section of...

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.

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.





Artsday / Chris Sebastian coming to The Street

Chris Sebastian, winner of 'The Voice Australia' in July, will perform at the Street Theatre on Friday night (October 23), writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her daily arts round-up.


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