The Chocolate Factory: BOOK REVIEW

The Chocolate Factory: BOOK REVIEW

The Chocolate Factory is Tasmanian writer Mary-Lou Stephens’s second historical novel with Harper Collins. Set in 1920s Hobart, the story unfolds in the aftermath of WW1, as two ambitious women, Dorothy and Maisie, are building their careers (unusual for women of the...

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A Joyful Life: BOOK REVIEW

A Joyful Life: BOOK REVIEW

Kenyan refugee Rosemary Kariuki’s life seems to be anything but joyful. In Kenya, she endured countless horrors and loss and her prospects were bleak. Her future was stolen before she was born as her family lost their farm and livelihood through British land...

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Queensland dances its way to better health and wellbeing

Queensland dances its way to better health and wellbeing

The Queensland Government is partnering with Queensland Ballet to offer clinically designed dance programs to vulnerable Queenslanders. The program was announced at the opening of Queensland Ballet’s Van Norton Li Community Health Institute this month. A $750,000...

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REVIEW: House of Desire

REVIEW: House of Desire

House of Desire, a youth theatre cabaret produced in Gympie, is similar and different to the famous 1966 stage show and film version of Cabaret by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Menacing yet kind MC, Mr Sandman, played by Fletcher Colfs? Check. Engaging, flamboyant guests...

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Women & Children: BOOK REVIEW

Women & Children: BOOK REVIEW

Award-winning Aboriginal author, academic and activist, Tony Birch doesn’t pull punches with his novels. His latest book, Women & Children, is no exception, as he tackles family violence, religion gone wrong and human decency. The story follows Joe Cluny, trying...

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Behind the Voice (Dietro La Voce): Book review

Behind the Voice (Dietro La Voce): Book review

Only 19 years ago, an Australian music label discouraged a rising star from identifying as gay. The year was 2004, when Melbourne singer Anthony Callea became famous after his breakout moment singing The Prayer on Australian Idol. Same sex partnerships were not...

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REVIEW: Grow Up by Perseverance Street Theatre

REVIEW: Grow Up by Perseverance Street Theatre

A play about play (for grownups). ‘Grow up!’ This phrase gets used a lot, whether it’s a frustrated adult to child, or a frustrated adult to adult acting like a child. Is growing up always such a good thing to aspire to? This original play written by Sofia Abbey and...

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