Rosalie Ham is the author four novels.
The Dressmaker is the first, a novel
that began its life as a 500 word concept for a novel writing course, intended
perhaps to be a short story, now with worldwide sales and made into a highly
successful movie in 2015.
Second edition published by For Pity Sake Publishing, 2019 First published by Oxford University Press 1965
This is the second in a series of picture books by the late Austrian artist Bettina Ehrlich to be re-published by For Pity Sake Publishing.
Working from the artist’s originals, the company has brought these books back to life for a new generation of children and their parents. The original books are much loved possessions of For Pity Sake founder Jennifer McDonald’s family, so much so that FPS obtained the rights to re-publish a series of them.
The Goat Boy is a tale within a tale. Miss Patricia Higgins who teaches German in an English girls. School goes to Austria for her holiday to practice the German language and enjoy the mountain scenery. Whist on her walk one day she encounters an elderly gentleman, who recounts the story of Toni, a goat boy who must take his family’s herd to the mountain pastures each day to graze.
He is a very good child but suffers
from a terrible fear of thunderstorms. And it is this that brings him undone
for he is caught in a storm one day and flees, losing three of the herd. However,
a touch of magic, in the form of a naiad, saves the day for Toni.
We are left to wonder if the story may
also bring something magic into the lives of Miss Higgins and the elderly
Bettina Ehrlich tells her stories with a delicate touch, with great empathy for her characters and with deceptively simple, graphic prose. These are stories to be read aloud to children and grandchildren many times, searching in the pictures for details and in the layers of the story for secrets and nuances.
Illustrated by Anita Mangan Spruce, an Hachette UK Company, 2017
I received this charming little bright pink book as a gift, possibly prompted by my recent habit of signing off my texts with three unicorn emojis (since visiting the Lady and the Unicorn exhibition at Art Gallery of NSW last year).
The Spiegel Tent Canberra Thursday 18 April 2019 at 6.30pm
Nominated for a Helpmann Award, this critically acclaimed show charts the life of French icon, Edith Piaf. Created and performed by Michaela Burger [vocals] and Greg Wain [guitar], Exposing Edith is a stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds.
There are two glorious days in the sound shell and separate evening performances in the Windsong Pavilion on the festival site at Barragga Bay, along with a variety of events including house concerts in Wapengo and Tanja, workshops and performances in Tilba Central Hall and after dark performances in Bermagui Surf Club.
Exhibition Park In Canberra Easter 2019 Thursday 18 to Monday 22 April
The National Folk Festival has had a permanent Canberra home since 1992 and the 2019 iteration brings its faithful audience music, dance and spoken word in the now customary relaxed and joyous atmosphere. Hear from some of the performers below.
Ralph Wilson Theatre Gorman House Arts Centre 12 April 6pm and 13 April 2pm and 6pm
Emerging ACT based dance artists
working across dance, film and theatre have been working in a three-month
intensive mentoring program with local and interstate mentors including Eric
Avery, Kim Beamish, Liz Lea and Caroline Wall.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre until 27 April 2019 Mon to Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Hugo Toro was the 2018 recipient of an award for a CIT diploma of Visual Art graduate collection. In Two Worlds he has reworked some of his originals in Photoshop, then printed them to canvas and added a new layer with paint.
Palace Electric Cinema from 17 April to 8 May 2019 and nationally 16 April to 26 May 2019
The 22nd edition of the Spanish Film Festival will be enriched by the Cine Latino Film Festival sidebar, formerly a separate event in November. The program includes 32 films with offerings across genres and Spanish speaking countries.
Belconnen Community Gallery 9-26 April 2019,Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm
Responding to the theme of The Land and the Sky, participants in the term one Bungee after-school and in-school expressive art classes present an exhibition of works in a variety of media such as photography, printmaking, weaving, painting, felting and sculpture.
Situated in the Belconnen Community Centre, the Belconnen Community Gallery is an affordable alternative to commercial galleries, focused on providing a balance of amateur, professional, and community based exhibitions.