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Canberra street libraries

Street library photoHaving been popular overseas for some time, street libraries are now dotting the landscape in many parts of Australia, including Canberra. Books covering many genres are offered free of charge, presented in a variety of containers, such as old fridges, filing or television cabinets or purpose-built cupboards. These mini libraries are a hub for borrowing or exchanging, with no charges, fines or need for a library card.  … Read more.

NGA’s National Picture on Indigenous Art

Reconciliation pic NGAThe National Gallery of Australia celebrated Canberra’s 2018 Reconciliation Day public holiday with various events. A panel discussion about Aboriginal art in Australia featured federal Shadow Minister for Human Services & Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence, the Hon Linda Burney; Dr Greg Lehman, research fellow from the University of Tasmania; and highly-respected local Indigenous woman, Matilda House and her son, Paul House.  … Read more.

Canberra freelancers at Festival

Freelance Festival latestThe 2018 Launceston Freelance Festival organised by its founder, Sue Bell, brought together people from Tasmania and mainland Australia, sharing their experiences and insights as freelancers. Held at the start-up space, Enterprize, in Launceston’s charming CBD, the Festival boasted a wide range of presenters and participants and was a great networking event and reminder of the talent and innovation of Australia’s many artists, journalists/writers and illustrators.  … Read more.

Australia-US discussion: Manning Clark House

Hugh WhiteFor many years, Australia has depended on America for defence, security and assistance with maintaining order in Asia. In recent years, the Australian-American relationship has changed for various reasons. Australia now has to look carefully at the challenges America faces in Asia and the risks and benefits for Australia of depending on America in the future.  … Read more.

Cats in Art – Braidwood

Cats in Art Exhibition BraidwoodFor those who love art and cats and collecting prints, there’s been a great collection of vintage and contemporary images of cats at Braidwood’s fYREGALLERY. Gallery director, Cheryl Hannah’s collection includes litographs, linocuts, serigraphs, etchings and drypoint, from 30 international and Australian artists. Open until 15 April 2018, the exhibition is presented in association with Josef Lebovic of the Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney and Robert Newman, The Old Print Shop New York.  … Read more.

Canberra author’s psychological thriller

Only Daughter 2Though now based in Melbourne, Anna Snoekstra grew up in Canberra. Her recent psychological thriller, Only Daughter, is set in Canberra. Based largely on “Bec”, the book takes readers on a journey of intrigue and twists and turns, with a puzzle which only fits together at the very end. Chapters alternate between 2003 (when Rebecca Winter went missing after finishing her late shift at McDonald’s in Manuka) and events of 2014 when the fake Bec takes on the persona of the decade-missing young woman.  … Read more.

Beyond Q Bookshop & Cafe – Weston

Beyond-Q-Cafe-and-Bookshop-1Great news for Weston Creek! Beyond Q Bookshop and café with its wonderful collection of second-hand books including Penguin classics and rare editions, has moved to Weston (from Curtin). Located in Brierly Street’s Weston Arcade and tucked away behind a cleverly-disguised door, the bookshop offers a great range of fiction and non-fiction, its subjects ranging across many genres including art, biography, craft, environment, gardening, health, history, music, politics, philosophy and science.  … Read more.

Are Robots Taking Over Our Work?

Chalmers Quigley Book 1“Social research group McCrindle worked out that, on current trends, a school-leaver in 2014 would have 17 different employers and five completely different careers in their lifetime…this phenomenon is likely to speed up as jobs are replaced, displaced and augmented by technology”, say Jim Chalmers and Mike Quigley, quoting McCrindle from 18 June 2014, “Job Mobility in Australia”, The McCrindle Blog.  … Read more.

What the Queen knew – The Whitlam dismissal

Dismissal DossierDistinguished historian, Professor Jenny Hocking, will present tomorrow at Manning Clark House, on developments related to the 1975 dismissal of the Whitlam government, and discuss her research into the significance of the “Palace Letters”.  As a researcher at the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, and an inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow with the Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University, she has received many accolades and also written books on significant figures.  … Read more.

Canberra’s busy political milieu

MeanjinCanberrans and others who’ve ever worked for parliamentarians will not be surprised at journalist Katharine Murphy’s recent article about the stresses and strains on politicians (and their staff) in modern-day politics.

Published in Meanjin, and based on exit interviews with former parliamentarians (Greg Combet, a highly-respected former trade union leader and Rudd and Gillard governments’ Cabinet Minister; Western Australian GP-turned Coalition politician with “a streak of independence”, Dr Mal Washer; and one-time senior Labor staff member, Mat Jose), the article gets to the nub of what being in modern politics entails.  … Read more.

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