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Paul Kelly – the Man, the Music and the Life in Between

By Stuart Coupe
Hachette, Australia, 2020

For those who read Paul Kelly’s autobiography How to make Gravy (Penguin, 2018), Stuart Coupe’s latest book Paul Kelly, will fill many gaps in the narrative of this musician’s life.

Barbie talks to Stuart Coupe about Paul Kelly the Man, the Music and the Life in Between
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The Last Lighthouse Keeper – a memoir

John Cook with Jon Bauer
Allen & Unwin Australia, 2020

This beautifully told story of John Cook’s time as keeper of remote lights off the Tasmanian coast is both a history of the lighthouses and a slightly fictionalised autobiography. Working collaboratively with British author, Jon Bauer, John Cook has retold the minutiae of lighthouse life, but has also delved into his own turbulent feelings during those 25 years in the service of sea safety.

Barbie speaks with John Cook about The Last Lighthouse Keeper
British author Ben Bauer talks about his collaboration with John Cook on The Last Lighthouse Keeper
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Inter-play 2020 – The Street

31 July to 26 November 2020

Led by Canberra theatre artist barb barnett, Inter-play 2020 is a new online forum where playwrights can connect to share ideas and new work and discuss issues of concern in theatre making.

There will be seven sessions over four months accessible via Zoom. The program aims to address some of the changes and challenges thrown up by COVID-19 restrictions on live theatre.

barb barnett talks about Interplay 2020

Concurrently, The Street will present a series of eight discussions with established playwrights from each state and territory.

Interested people are asked to contact The Street via the website https://www.thestreet.org.au/

World premiere of musical tribute to asylum seekers

Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender
Composed by Dr Katy Abbott
Performed by the Flinders Quartet with mezzo soprano Dimity Shepherd and actor Richard Piper
Streaming live at 7pm, Thursday 23 July 2020

Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender is a musical response by Melbourne composer Katy Abbott to the many letter sent by Australians to asylum seekers on Nauru last decade, nearly 2000 of which were returned unopened.

Featuring spoken word and music, the piece was to have been performed at this year’s Canberra International Music Festival.

Richard talks to composer Dr Katy Abbott and Flinders Quartet cellist Zoe Knighton about Hidden Thoughts II – Return to Sender
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Laura Bunting and Nicky Johnston – Coco: Big City Kitty

Scholastic, Australia, 2020

This charming book is both beautiful to look at and highly appropriate in its message  – ie that we all need to be prepared for change and able to adapt to new circumstances. This moral is, of course, not just one of our times, but is a particularly salutary one for both young and old in the COVID-19 world.

Barbie speaks with Nicky Johnston about Coco: Big City Kitty
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NFSA becomes Hive of activity

National Film and Sound Archive
McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT
Daily 10am-4pm from 1 August 2020

A new interactive public space opens on 1 August 2020 at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). It will use interactive technologies to provide visitors with an insight into its collection – and the experts tasked with preserving it.

The centrepiece of Hive is a new interactive display titled Storywall, produced by the NFSA and SBS Digital Creative Labs.

The NFSA’s Felicity Harmey talks about Hive.
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Darcy Welch and Nicholas Lee-Murphy at the Artists Shed

Sunday 19 July 2020, 2-5pm
88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick
ACT

Darcy Welsh is a local singer/songwriter who has performed in venues and at festivals over the last five years. Darcy’s unique voice and unassuming manner lie at the heart of all his music. He sings solo and also in the band “The Love” which will be joining him for a few songs.

Nicholas Lee-Murphy is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter who has been based in Canberra since 2012. He has been playing live for 14 years in multiple bands as well as solo.

His style is a mix of disconnected comedy amongst deep thinking emotional songs seeking to strike a nostalgic chords with its listeners. Nicholas has shared the stage with the Black Sorrows, Moving Pictures and the Super Jesus.

Tickets $20.  Social distancing and cleaning requirements in place. Café will be open and a BBQ in the break,

Bob Hawke Landcare Award 2020 nominations open

Open until 31 August 2020
Information at https://bobhawkelandcareaward.com.au/

The Bob Hawke Landcare Award recognises an individual involved in championing Landcare and who inspires others to take action on their own property or through a Landcare group. It acknowledges a person’s leadership and commitment to Landcare, natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.

Charlie Arnott was awarded the Bob Hawke Landcare Award in 2018. A biodynamic farmer and grazier, Charlie practices regenerative farming, organic, biodynamic and holistic grazing principles on his 5000 acre mixed farming property, Hanaminno, at Boorowa, NSW. 

Charlie speaks to Barbie about his farming methods and the changes he has made to his agricultural practice.
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The Awesome and Dorothy-Jane Does Duets

The Artist’s Shed
Unit 1-3, Lower ground, 88 Wollongong St, Fyshwick
Sunday 26 July 2020, 2 -5pm

The Awesome plays jazz-folk fusion, featuring Milena Cifali and Jim Horvath, and Dorothy-Jane’s duets are with Ali Penney, Johnny Reynolds and, Jeff Prime.

Enquires and bookings: Annette 0412 101 534, DJ 0411 065 189.

Admission: $20 at the door, booking required because of limited seating in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.

The Bohemian Coffee and Wine Bar will be open,  BBQ available during intermission (usual cost $5).


 

Baby et Lulu – The Street Theatre

Saturday 25 July 8pm 
Virtual tickets available https://www.thestreet.org.au/
Live audience tickets fully booked

A night of song, witty banter, magnifique music and sheer joie de vivre is promised as  chanteuses Abby Dobson – ‘Baby’ (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge – ‘Lulu’ (FourPlay) preview a little of their upcoming Album Trois and present an evening of beauty, elegance and general Frenchiness. Their band will accompany them at this live and streamed performance.

Lara Goodridge talks about Baby et Lulu
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Music at The Artists Shed

The Johnny Reynolds Band and Dan Fernandes  
Sunday 5 July from 2-5pm
88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick

The Johnny Reynolds Band has been playing in Canberra for a few years now. They sing original Johnny Reynolds compositions and a few classic covers. The style of music is best described as funky, bluesy, atmospheric rock.

Dan Fernandes has been playing and writing music for over 40 years. He covers a broad range of genres – R&B, soul, funk, reggae, pop, country, blues. Dan performs mostly original music but will always have a Bob Dylan song or two to share.

For this one time only, tickets are $10 – half price!  

Margaret and Frank have social distancing and cleaning requirements in place. Hand sanitiser too!

The café will be open and there is a BBQ in the break – a variety of food will be available at a very reasonable price.

Come along and enjoy live music and the great atmosphere at the Artists Shed.  Come a little earlier and you will have time to wander around the gallery and get drinks at the café before you settle in.

More information at the Artists Shed Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/707226603399025/

Jane Godwin – When Rain Turns to Snow

Lothian, an imprint of Hachette, Australia, 2020

Between the beautiful cover artwork of Allison Colpoys lies an equally beautifully told story of the adolescent search for identity, family and connection.

Jane Godwin tackles many issues of social significance in this book including the difficult question of social media and its potentially dire effects on its users. Trolling, shaming, the sharing of inappropriate images, exclusion and manipulation all come under scrutiny.

Jane Godwin talks to Barbie about When Rain Turns to Snow
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Josephine Moon – The Cake Maker’s Wish

Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Books,  Australia, 2020

This book is beautiful both outside and in. Set briefly in Richmond Tasmania and then mostly in the imaginary village of Stoneden in the Cotswolds, the story is deeply rooted in a sense of place.

In fact, it is the search for her place in the world and for a family she feels she has always lacked, that drives our heroine Olivia, a cake maker, to apply to be part of a social experiment aimed at the economic revitalisation of this small dying community.

Barbie speaks with Josephine Moon about The Cake Makers Wish
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PLATFORM – multi-sensory mobile art space

Live online festival  at www.platformriverina.com
2pm – 8.30pm 27 June 2020

Eastern Riverina Arts presents PLATFORM, a space purpose-built within a modified shipping container. Configurable as a sensory space, chill-out area, exhibition space or small stage, throughout the course of an event, festival-goers can visit Platform to engage the senses or take some time out in a calming environment.

Barbie speaks with Scott Howie about Platform
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MIRKA – A revelatory exploration of the astonishing life of Mirka Mora

Jewish Museum Of Australia
26 Alma Rd, St Kilda, Victoria
Opening December 2020

The Jewish Museum of Australia: Gandel Centre of Judaica, in collaboration with William Mora Galleries, presents MIRKA – the most expansive survey of work by the late Mirka Mora (1928–2018) ever shown, and an intimate, previously unseen view into her rich and fascinating personal history.

Marking its first major showcase since Covid-19 lockdowns, the museum will re-emerge to illuminate the life and work of an artist whose seminal influence on Australia’s art and culture is undisputed.

Barbie speaks with exhibition curator, Elini Papavasileiou
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