Page wins $10,000 ACU poetry prize – again

Canberra's Geoff Page is the 2020 winner of the Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry for his poem “Jericho”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Inspiring Australians’ showcased in book about Churchill Fellows

“INSPIRING Australians: The First Fifty Years of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust” is a new book by Penelope Hanley that tells the story of...

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.

Boyd’s journey through diplomacy’s ‘sexist dark age’

A timely new book by pioneering diplomat Sue Boyd lifts the veil on one of Australia’s most male-dominated professions, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

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...

Arts / Stories of older Canberrans in new book

THERE were freshly made scones, jam, cream and a cuppa yesterday at BaptistCare’s Carey Gardens in Red Hill as residents, school children and dignitaries...

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.

Coming-of-age book the end of a long road for Kabu

IT’S the end of a long creative haul for Canberra actor, writer and director Kabu Okai-Davies as he prepares to launch a coming-of-age book...

Arts / New book looks at grassroots Islam

IN his heyday, teaching at the ANU, Indonesia scholar George Quinn had the reputation of being able to produce students who were more or...

Review / Bonynge book unveils two operatic lives

BILL STEPHENS reviews the book 'Chalet Monet – Inside the home of Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge', about the couple's fairytale Lake Geneva home.

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...

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.

Paul’s book goes behind enemy lines

A book about Australian guerrillas who operated behind enemy lines in Borneo during World War II will be launched next week by its author, former Canberra political journalist Paul Malone.

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...

Arts / Writers feel the power, politics and the passion

"POWER, Politics, Passion" is the triple-headed slogan of the Canberra Writers Festival, but it's a lot more subtle than it sounds. According to the festival...

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.





Relics mark 80th anniversary of the Blitz

THIS week marks the 80th anniversary of the worst bombing raid of the London Blitz, and the “Blitz Relics” are on display at Parliament House.


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