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Shamini Flint – Inspector Singh investigates A Curious Indian Cadaver

Piatkus, Great Britain, 2012
Book 5 in the Inspector Singh Investigates series

Inspector Singh is on medical leave after an incident at the end of the Cambodian investigation, on which I will not elaborate to avoid spoiling your read if you haven’t yet got to it. It is probably due to the boredom of staying at home that he relents and allows Mrs Singh to cajole him into attending a family wedding in Mumbai.

Predictably the social event turns into a disappearance and murder investigation, making it much more fun for the canny inspector. As in all of the books in this series, while we are engrossed in the crime solving, there are many more issues to consider.

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Gunning Arts Festival to go online

17 to 18 April 2020
www.gunningartsfestival.com

Gunning Arts Festival committee has decided to postpone the physical Gunning Arts Festival to comply with national precautions to help control the spread of COVID-19. However, recognising the even greater need now for some community building and uplift, the committee has resolved to produce an online Festival this year.

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Online Crime Writers Festival, 26-29 March 2020

Murder She Wrote – Terror Australis Festival 2020 replay

Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TAWRF), based in southern Tasmania, are deeply saddened by the current postponement or cancellation of writers’ festivals.

For the enjoyment and distraction of book lovers everywhere, TAF is offering a free online writers festival – a reprise of the November 2019 festival from the comfort and confinement of your own home.

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F A C E Unframed and online from Belconnen Arts Centre

While Belconnen Arts Centre is closed accordance with the nationwide shutdown of public gathering spaces, its F A C E Unframed exhibition will proceed online.

Delivery deadline for artworks is Friday 27 March. You can still drop your entry off in person with a ‘no contact’ option; simply press the intercom for the front desk when you arrive at the Centre, and BAC will open the doors to allow you access to a drop box, where you can deposit your artwork.

Please ensure your name and phone number are attached to your artwork.

Information at https://www.belcoarts.com.au/

You can also mail your entries to:
Belconnen Arts Centre
PO Box 183
Belconnen ACT 2616

Suzanne Barton and Shannon Horsfall – My Unicorn farts Glitter

Hachette, Australia and NZ, 2020

This rather charming little picture book is just what we need right now. Whilst it may seem at first to be just another jump onto the unicorn bandwagon, this book actually comes with an endearing and important message about the importance of sibling love.

There is just enough icky in it to satisfy young readers/listeners. The artwork is simple and colourful – good for reading to a group and in these days of social distancing probably will come up quite well via Zoom or Skype or other such group online meeting places.

After all, we all need someone in our lives who will share the last bite of his or her icecream cone – post-COVID-19 of course.

Sulari Gentill – A Testament of Character

Pantera Press, Australia, 2020

Sulari Gentill’s work is often reviewed as an easy read. Indeed the Rowland Sinclair series are highly readable, compelling works – we can hardly read fast enough to take in the words.

This facility is not easy to achieve. It is a mark of Sulari’s literary prowess that she can spin us through the intricacies of her plots, engage our emotions with her now almost familial main characters and their supporting casts, and subtly instruct us in the fascinating details of the period of history in which the stories sit.

Barbie speaks with Sulari Gentill about A Testament of Character
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New album – The Witness by Dorothy-Jane

The Witness album depicts the true story of a period of intense upheaval in the life of Canberra singer, songwriter and blues-harp player, Dorothy-Jane.

This concept album was born from a defining moment of Dorothy-Jane witnessing her husband molesting a child, through the breakdown of family relationships, finding the strength to take the stand and assist in incarcerating him, to her reaching a place of relative stability and beginning to establish a new normal.

Barbie speaks with Dorothy-Jane about The Witness
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The Street: Breaking the Castle

Written and performed by Peter Cook
Nightly at 7.30pm until Saturday 14 March 2020

Actor David can’t get enough, of anything. Alcohol, drugs, women, gambling – whatever it takes to escape – and this bender could be his last.  But in the mountains of Southeast Asia, he is offered a chance at redemption.

Barbie speaks with Peter Cook about Breaking the Castle
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10th Art Not Apart festival

12 – 15 March 2020
NewActon, Shine Dome, National Film and Sound Archive and Albert Hall

The theme for this year’s Art Not Apart festival is Today I, Tomorrow You, and organisers expect to draw more than 20,000 people in an extended four-day program.

The main event, on Saturday 14 March, will be a free contemporary arts festival featuring more than 200 artists from the Canberra region and beyond, presenting works traversing performance art, music, installations, visual art, street art, film and moving image.

The arts will be complemented by a Suitcase Rummage featuring over 70 stalls, street food, local wine tasting and a festival bar

To celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary, a selection of ticketed events will also be held at the Albert Hall including an improvised jazz and projections concert on Friday 13 March, a wild performance art party after the main festival on Saturday 14 March, and a boutique electronic music event during the day on Sunday 15 March.

Festival producer David Caffery says, ‘it’s been an incredible journey for Art, Not Apart so far. In the nine festivals we’ve mounted since 2012, the festival presented over 2000 artists from the Canberra region and beyond.

‘Many of these artists have returned to perform or exhibit at the festival, and we’re proud to play a part in their development.” He also adds, “this year is Art, Not Apart’s coming of age – and a celebration of how far the festival has come.’

Information and the program are available at www.artnotapart.com


New Life, New Hope

Music to Awaken and to Heal
The Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Barton ACT
7.30pm Saturday 14 March 2020

Combined choristers of Canberra, together with professional soloists and small orchestra, directed by Judith Clingan AM, will present a sequence of Australian choral and vocal compositions which look at the historical and present realities of climate change, fires and environmental crisis.

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2020 Australian Festival of Chamber Music: by the numbers

31 July – 9 August 2020
Townsville, Queensland

Renowned British pianist Kathryn Stott finishes her three-festival stint as the AFCM’s Artistic Director this year with a flourish.

It’s the 30th festival, and there’ll be special performances to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, performance of a set of variations to mark a special anniversary for festival stalwarts the Goldner Quartet, a concert on Palm Island, and much more.

Tickets and information at https://afcm.com.au

Richard spoke with Artistic Director Kathryn Stott about the 2020 festival
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Undertow – movie by Miranda Nation

Dendy from 5 March 2020

UNDERTOW is the story of two women whose lives become dangerously enmeshed. Grieving the loss of her stillborn baby, Claire becomes suspicious of her husband’s relationship with a feisty young woman, Angie. When she discovers Angie is pregnant, Claire develops an increasingly irrational obsession with her that puts both their lives at risk. Only when Claire is confronted with the brutal truth behind Angie’s pregnancy can both women begin to heal.

Barbie speaks with Undertow writer/director, Miranda Nation
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Folk Dance Canberra – Romanian Folk Dance

Workshops with with Marius & Maria Ursu from Timisoara, Romania
Folk Dance Canberra Hall, 114 Maitland Street, Hackett ACT:
Saturday 14 March, 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 15 March, 9.30am-1pm
Monday 16 March, Monday:  7.30pm-9.30pm (advanced level)

Marius, master choreographer of the acclaimed folk dance ensemble “Doina Timisului”, will be teaching a variety of dances from folk regions of Romania. Marius and Maria have a wealth of experience, having participated in over 100 seminars, workshops and festivals in more than 35 countries.

  •  Cost: $15 per session $18 non-members (discounts if paying in advance)
  •  Contact: folkdancecanberra@gmail.com  
  • Also on Wednesday 18 March, 7.30-10.30pm at CIFDA Yarralumla Uniting Church Hall, Denman Street, Yarralumla. Cost: $10.
  • Contact: cmcnally@tpg.com.au

More information at: http://www.folkdancecanberra.org.au