Transformation – A meditation on form and feelings

Paintings by Felicia (Floss) Fletcher
Belconnen Community Gallery as part of the RESPECT series
Swanson Court Belconnen
18 to 28 June 2019 Mon-Fri 9am -5pm

The purpose of this exhibition is  to share health through consciousness of perception.

Felicia (Floss) Fletcher is an Aboriginal artist from central western Queensland who moved to Canberra for work 26 years ago. She began painting 12 years ago as she found it the best way to study, and express feelings. She continues to paint for her own healing and to keep a record of her own experiences.

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Image credit:  Connected by Felicia Fletcher

Terror Australia Readers and Writers Festival

MURDER SHE WROTE – a celebration of women writers of crime fiction past and present.
Cygnet, Huon Valley, Tasmania
31 October to 5 November 2019

The announcement of another new and fabulous writers festival and under the direction of erstwhile Canberra author LJM Owen is great news. The festival boasts have ‘a panellist line-up to die for and a four day program jam-packed with incisive panels, grave workshops and deadly festivities.’ Clearly a sense of humour is also involved.

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Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT – From Plant to Basket

Australian National Botanic Gardens Information Centre Gallery
12  to 30 June 2019 with opening reception 15 June at 2pm

This exhibition showcases the skills of the Fibre Makers of the ACT using Australian native plants. The exhibitors are:  Trish Flynn, Katherine Culross, Deborah Faeyrglenn, Janet Meaney, Leonie Lucey, Jenny Cooper, Ann McMahon, Adrienne Nicholson, Gabrielle Powell, Christiane Keller, Brenda Lander and Julia Ware.

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Hussy Hicks and American soul sister Kristy Lee

Harmonie German Club
Thursday 13 June 2019 from 7pm to 11.30pm

All female Australian four-piece blues and roots act Hussy Hicks is led by Leesa Gentz, vocals, with Julz Parker, guitar.

They are showcasing their new single Get Ready, which features the band’s new drummer, Ali Foster and long time bass player, Tracy Stephens.

Richard speaks with Hussy Hicks lead vocalist Leesa Gentz

This is the first song in 12 years completely recorded, engineered and produced by the band.

The Hussies have been long-time collaborators with Kristy Lee, recording and performing together across the USA, Europe and Australia since they formed a bond about 15 years ago. These women are looking forward to sharing their magical musical connection with Australian audiences.

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In HER Words

A theatre performance presented by Migrant and Refugee Settlement Service ACT
Murranji Theatre, Hawker College
Saturday 15 June 2019 at 6.15pm

Award winning Indian dancer/choreographer Padma Menon has worked with a group of women from diverse cultures to produce a theatre work using dance, storytelling, poetry, music and film. The work explores the dreams, strength and resilience of women.

Proceeds will be donated to two Canberra charities whose work helps women from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Concilium Musicum Wien – Viennese Classicism for Four Strings

Crisp Galleries, Bowning NSW
Saturday 15 June 2019 at 2.30pm


This concert of rarely performed treasure for string quartet is inspired by Viennese classicism with works by Mozart, Haydn, Hoffmann, Albrechtsberger and Schubert.

The concert supports the work of Sleepy Burrows Gundaroo, an organisation that cares for wombats injured on the road, abused by human beings or plagued by diseases. (

Musicians: Christoph Angerer – violin and viola d’amore; Milan Nikolic – violin; László Ábrahám – viola; Ute Groh – violoncello

Chef prepared afternoon tea at interval is included in the $45 ticket price; young audience special for 6 to 18 y.o at $10.

Concert bookings requested please by 12 June for catering purposes:

For lunch bookings at the Field of Dreams Café please ring Peter on 0427 488 373 or email

Reconciliation from Inside

Artworks by Indigenous detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre
Tuggeranong Arts Centre until 1 June 2019

These paintings impress not only for their quality as works on the wall, mostly acrylics on canvas, but also for the story they bring of the redemptive power of art and creative work.

All works are for sale and proceeds go directly to the artists.

Make a visit to Tuggeranong Arts Centre one of the things you do during Reconciliation Week.

ACT Corrections Minister Shane Rattenbury opens the exhibition

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana 

Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra Choral Society
Llewellyn Hall
Saturday 29
tJune, 2019 at 7.30pm

This is the first 2019 subscription concert for Music for Canberra and the Canberra Youth Orchestra (CYO). It features soloists Rachael Duncan, Tobias Cole and Andrew O’Connor. They will be joined by Canberra Choral Society, Canberra Children’s Choir and Seasoned Voices.

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Chrissie Shaw and Alan Hicks – Bijou

Le Très Bon restaurant, Bungendore
Saturday 15 June 2019 at 6.30pm and Sunday 16 June 2019 at 12 noon

Chrissie Shaw returns with her fascinating cabaret performance about Madame Bijou, transporting you to a café-bar in Paris 1933…. ‘A wine, a chat; the music plays … there’s a new face in the crowd.’

Barbie talks to Chrissie Shaw about Bijou
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Rosalie Ham – The Year of the Farmer

Picador, Pan Macmillan Australia 2018

Having recently re-read The Dressmaker upon the opening of the exhibition of the film costumes at the National Film and Sound Archive, I was fortunate to speak with Rosalie Ham about her work. This sent me to her latest novel, The Year of the Farmer and I am also now reading my way through her back catalogue.

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