World traveller goes nowhere

 LOCAL author John R Brookes has been making his way through country after country for the last five years and he’s only about halfway...

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

Omar Musa in the running for Miles Franklin award

QUEANBEYAN author and poet Omar Musa has been announced as one of the 10 finalists in this year's the Miles Franklin Literary Award "longlist".   He...

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. 

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.”

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...

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...

‘Crazy wisdom’ – Stavanger slams his way into town

AUTHOR, entertainer, storyteller and performer David Stavanger, also known around the spoken word traps as Ghostboy, has contacted us to tell of his coming...

Canberra Writers Festival opens today

Armed with its idiosyncratic triple-barrelled theme “Power.Politics.Passion”, the fourth Canberra Writers Festival opens today (August 21) with a host of literary celebs and political writers descending on the nation’s capital.

Review / In Tom we trusted

Canberra lawyer PETER HOHNEN reviews a new biography of the remarkable Tom Hughes

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). 

Christos Tsiolkas raves about Omar Musa

Canberra poet, author and rapper Omar Musa (also the son of "CityNews" Arts Editor Helen Musa) has had a big rap with leading Australian...

‘Enthralling’ novel named UC ‘book of the year’

“THE Natural Way of Things”, by Charlotte Wood, has been chosen as the 2019 University of Canberra Book of the Year. The UC Book Project,...

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...

Canberra man turns ‘solace’ into a winning poem

Once again a Canberra poet has won the $10,000 Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry.

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.

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...

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...

Feast of literary talks tomorrow

“A MOST inspirational day of literary talks” is how local writer and arts facilitator Suzanne Kiraly sees the Canberra Readers, Writers & Storytellers Festival,...

Love leads the re-publication of six children’s books

An unusual combination of family memories and the love of books has led to the re-publication of six children's books written by the late author, Bettina Ehrlich.





Keep working from home, says health minister 

As children start to go back to school, ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith, is encouraging employers and employees to keep working from home. 


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