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.
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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...

Writers in for a weekend of ‘Flash Fiction’

"Flash Fiction" is the flavour of the decade in writing circles and Canberra is about to see a whole weekend devoted to it, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Author Jack thrives on bringing out the ‘horrible’

“WHAT’S the most horrible character I can come up with, but have the audience still like him?” NICK OVERALL interviews author Jack Heath.

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...

Miles Franklin laureate to top UC reading list

A FORMER Miles Franklin award-winning novel has this morning been announced as the 2017 University of Canberra Book of the Year. “The White Earth” by...

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.

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...

‘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".

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...

Dictionary collects unique nicknames of places

The Australian National Dictionary Centre is on the lookout for names people give their favourite places – like "Freo", "the Gong" and closer to home, "Quangers" or "Tuggers".

Outside-the-box author wins top sci-fi prize

NICK OVERALL meets Gillian Polack, the author of weird and wonderful fiction that’s been praised for not just for being outside the box, but far, far away from it all together.

‘Struggletown’ wears its history with pride

  AS Queanbeyan prepares to celebrate its 175th anniversary, a local freelance writer has penned a new history of the city that could give Canberrans...

Review / Lively tribute to suburb in community book

books / “Curtin Turns 50: the Story of a Canberra Suburb, 1964-2014”. Edited by Carolyn Brody, Peter Forster and Margitta Acker. Reviewed by HELEN MUSA.

Cadwallader writes a ‘compelling’ win

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

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

Opinion / When affluent women get a belting

"Working-class domestic violence is a common theme in modern literature, but there is very little that covers middle-class domestic violence.," writes Canberra author and academic ALISON BOOTH

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.

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. 

The good, bad and ugly of how food is made

“IS tofu processed?” was the irritating question that inspired first-time author Ayla Marika to find out. 

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