A guiding star in “Ozminster” – Magna Carta

CANBERRA has been enveloped in a mist of optimism this week with the celebration of the signing, exactly 800 years ago on Monday at...

Leigh helps celebrate National Bookshop Day

ELECTRIC Shadows Bookshop will be celebrating National Bookshop Day tomorrow, August 10, by hosting a fundraiser called “Morning Tea with Andrew Leigh”. He’ll be talking...

Winning writers tackle ‘serious’ themes

THE winners in the latest Litlinks competition were announced last night  in a ceremony at the National Library of Australia, presided over by local...

HARDCOPY, a program for would be writers

ASPIRING writers have only a few days to get applications in for the ACT Writers Centre's new “HARDCOPY” professional development program. Aimed squarely at emerging...

Grayling in line-up for Canberra Writers Festival

THE Canberra Writers Festival is moving into full swing with the announcement that British author AC Grayling and recent Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood...

Adamson and Gemes at Manning Clark

MANNING Clark House is hopping with activity in the new few days, with events set around one of Australia’s eminent poets and his photographer...

Rich poetry prize for Canberra

THE UNIVERSITY of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s newly-announced Poetry Prize is one of the most generous competitions of its kind in the world, with a first...

Poetry nights thrive at Manning House

THE last Thursday of the month is looming and this means poetry night at Manning Clark House. In the past year the Robin Boyd-designed house,...

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...

Writers’ festival / Carmody refuses to be pigeonholed

ONE OF the heavy lifters at the 2016 Canberra Writers’ Festival, is Australian novelist Isobelle Carmody. On Friday she held a group of writers captive...

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...

Book prize finalists announced

The long-awaited shortlist for the 2013 ACT Book of the Year Award  was announced today by ACT Minister for the Arts, Joy Burch, but...

Kaaron wins ACT’s top fiction award

AUTHOR Kaaron Warren has been awarded the top fiction award for "The Grief Hole" at the 2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards tonight (December...

Arts law advice seminars at Gorman House

THE Arts Law Centre of Australia is delivering three free seminars at Gorman House next week. Artform in Focus – Photography Monday April 28, 4.00pm to...

Picture House launches new art and poetry

THE very new Picture House Gallery and Bookshop in Gunning, brainchild of actor and artist Max Cullen and artist Margarita Georgiadis will be the...

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...

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...

Deb Fitzpatrick at Paperchain tonight

LET’S not be parochial. The top quality Fremantle Press is in town talking up one of WA’s most celebrated authors, Deb Fitzpatrick, and her...

Arts / ‘Noted’ explores what it is to be a writer

By Samara Purnell and Helen Musa.

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





‘Distressing’: 136 children reported missing this year

One-hundred and thirty-six children have already been reported missing this year, and detective superintendent Jamey Bellicanta says the public plays a vital role in police locating a missing child. 

NGA to open on Tuesday


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