Book review: Putting Canberra dance on the map

"MERYL Tankard: an original voice,” by Michelle Potter, CopyQik print on demand, Canberra, 210 pp, $30 (includes postage and packing), orders to http://michellepotter.org also available at the NLA bookshop until the end of May. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Dining / Sensational pasta, by the book

“Canberra has an amazing array of Italian restaurants, from the expensive to the cheap and cheerful. It’s challenging to track them, but my estimate is that there are well over 100 across the ACT," says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Shortlist for ‘ACT Book of the Year’ announced

ACT Minister for Arts and Community Events, Gordon Ramsay, has announced that six authors are in the running to win the $10,000 2017 "Book...

Art Blooms in Ainslie and Braddon

THE Bloom Festival has been going for a few years around Ainslie Arts Centre. But this year, so program manager and curator Yolande Norris...

Workshop for Queanbeyan Writers

POET and writer Wendy McMahon Bell is leading an all-day workshop for the QWriters tomorrow. You don’t have to be a member but the fee of...

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...

Punching above its weight – Canberra’s newest writers’ festival takes off

CANBERRA has always prided itself on being able to punch above its weight when it comes to writing and the Canberra Writers Festival, the...

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.

UC poetry prize winners announced!

The winners of the inaugural University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Prize have been announced, judged from 1,050 entries from over 600 poets, the winners...

ACT Book of the Year shortlist announced

JOY Burch says five books, ranging from a non-fiction exploration of the Al Jazeera English news network to a verse novel covering the Petrov...

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...

Irvine Welsh joins the chorus of praise for Omar Musa’s new book

Earlier in May we noted that Christos Tsiolkas was very keen for Canberra region author (and son of "CityNews" arts editor Helen Musa) Omar...

Libraries ACT seeks to catalogue the book club members

LIBRARIES ACT are calling for book club members to come forward and be registered in the ACT. They are aware of over 200 book clubs...

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...

Captive audience for poems on bus

A BRAVE crowd of poetry-lovers and politicians crammed into a shiny new ACTION bus this morning for the unveiling of the latest edition in...

Arts / Student writers get seen in print

THE University of Canberra has been punching above its weight in writing for some time now and has just launched the 2017 edition of...

Arts / Warren wins Best Novel at Ditmar Awards

CANBERRA writer Kaaron Warren’s novel “The Grief Hole” has been named Best Novel in the 2017 Ditmar Awards for Australian science-fiction, fantasy and horror...

Day of poetry to remember A D Hope

ON the birthday of the late Australian poet A D Hope this Sunday, Manning Clark House is pausing  to remember  the extraordinary  life of...

And the shortlist for the 2016 ACT Book of the Year is…

CHRIS Bourke has announced the shortlist for the 2016 ACT Book of the Year Award, recognising five local writers who have published exceptional books...

See ya later – ‘Noted’ takes a sabbatical

SAD news is to hand that the Noted Writers Festival has decided not to run a festival in 2018 – but they’ll be back...

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