AHE opens its 2019 season with a string quartet program celebrating Haydn’s love of the natural world. Two of Haydn’s beloved string quartets, Sunrise (the String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 )and The Lark bookend the program.
This debut novel by Anstey Harris has won itself a Women’s Weekly Great Read sticker in Australia, not easily come by I gather. It charts the vicissitudes in the life of forty-ish Grace, a fine instrument maker and musician.
The second iteration
of this festival and conference continues to explore and celebrate the changes
that come with age. The Festival is unique in Australia and provides a platform
for the work of older artists who are still working to celebrate their longevity
and the positive health impacts of dance and creativity. BOLD II also espouses a cross-generational
exchange of ideas and experiences and cross-cultural connections.
A six-week residency at Tuggeranong
Arts Centre sees Sharon Peoples, renowned fabric artist, exploring the gardens
of the Tuggeranong suburbs. She will make work reflecting her observations of
the garden, not just as a physical place but as a spiritual solace and refuge.
Suki and Hugh Gallery Bungendore 2 February to 17 March 2019
Nature’s Spectral Arch explores
aspects of a changed environment around the former slate mining village of
Corris, Wales where the artist recently
completed a month-long artist’s residency with Stiwdio Maelor. With time and
with a gentle persistence and dignity, nature is reclaiming this once degraded
Opening 6:00pm on Thursday 7 February 2019, all welcome Then Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00pm until 24 February
Interchange is a collaborative group exhibition featuring the work of members of Ausglass and the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG). It will be a satellite event to compliment the Ausglass and NZSAG hosted COLAB Conference in Whanganui, New Zealand, from 15 – 17 February.
Touring from 9 February to 2 March In Canberra at Wesley Music Centre Friday 1 March at 7.30pm Information and bookings including for season tickets at http://song.company/
Always scintillating, The Song Company
begins its 2019 season with Treble Helix
Unlocked – featuring glorious music of the early16th and late 15th
century. The Company will gather around a single music stand and read in the
original musical notation from a facsimile of the Eton Choirbook.
The Song Company has been working in
rehearsal with Tallis Scholar and current Musical Director of Trinity College
Melbourne, Christopher Watson. The ensemble will be joined by Roberta Diamond,
recently studying in Basel, and Dan Walker from Canberra.
Sublime music is promised and, as
always, an experience for the mind and soul.
Holiday reading and book fairs take
one in all sorts of directions.
I am sorry I didn’t come across the
work of Robyn Sisman during her lifetime. Gosh, there is just so much to read
Robyn Sisman had a career on the other side of publishing before becoming a novelist. Three of her five novels: Special Relationship, Perfect Strangers and Just Friends were all Sunday Times best sellers.
Born in Los Angeles, Sisman moved to Somerset and had been married to biographer Adam Sisman. She died in 2016.
She had a career on the other side of publishing before becoming a novelist. Three of her five novels: Special Relationship, Perfect Strangers and Just Friends were all Sunday Times best sellers.
in Paris is another one of those journey of
self-discovery novels, rather satisfying however in its outcome and not too
maudlin as some of these are.
An obituary in The Guardian says of her books: they are funny, fluent descriptions of what it is to fall in love, of obstacles encountered and overcome. But Robyn was no romantic: she was clear-sighted and without sentimentality or illusions, and her fiction has a spiky quality, both inhabiting and unsettling the genre. She was her own most unsparing critic, and never appreciated how talented she was.
This monumental piece of story-telling
is Egan’s first work of historical fiction. Set in the Depression/World War 11
era on the New York docks, it is both a magnificent family saga and a compelling
view of the times.
Text Publishing, Melbourne Australia, 2018 First published in Britain by Andre Deutsch, 1993
fact that the ‘praise for’ at the beginning of this novel comes from some of my
favourite Australian writers is a dead give away that it is something special –
Delia Falconer, Joan London and Michelle de Kretser variously praise Madeleine
St John’s deft prose, ironic, sharp and insightful writing and capacity to
John Purcell first published with Penguin Random House under the pseudonym of Natasha Walker with the erotic fiction trilogy The Secret Lives of Emma – which I haven’t read. He is Director of Books at Booktopia, apparently Australia’s largest online bookseller, and has an insider’s knowledge of the book publishing industry.