Retro Cruise – Dress Up Boat Party


    Melbourne Showboat Presents: Retro Cruise Dress Up Boat Party

    A wild night out aboard the Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat with two dance floors spinning your favourite hits from the 60s, 70s & 80s. With an ever-changing lineup of Melbourne’s finest DJs & cover bands, we’ve got your dancing needs covered! Dress up to the theme and you can go in the running to win GREAT door prizes. Got a function? No worries, get in touch to organise your special event today!

    YOUR TICKET includes:

    ** A 4 HOUR CRUISE through the Docklands, Williamstown Bay, St Kilda & Port Melbourne (includes boarding/disembarking) **
    ** MELBOURNE’S FINEST DJs & cover bands heating up TWO DANCE FLOORS **
    ** A variety of FOOD and DRINKS available to purchase from our fully stocked BAR **
    ** SPECIAL DISCOUNTS if you pre-purchase your meal at CHECKOUT **

    This hugely popular dance floor experience is fast becoming one of the top things to see and do in Melbourne, and an exciting nightlife experience for locals. Come along to find out why the iconic Lady Cutler was awarded the Trip Advisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ (2016) and ‘Top Ten Engagement Party Venues’ (2017, Venue Mob).

    The Melbourne Showboat will board at 7.00pm and depart at 7.30pm sharp from Shed 14, Central Pier, Docklands returning at 11.00pm approximately. We recommend Wilson Parking as the most convenient access to the vessel.

    The best parking available is at the Etihad Stadium.

    GENERAL ADULT : $45 per person
    GROUP 10+ : $40 per person
    GROUP 30+ : $35 per person

    This is an over 18 years old event only
    Photo ID is required for entry
    Management reserves the right to refuse entry
    Even though we have many seats and lounge area onboard this is not a sit down cruise.



    Friday 5th October 2018
    Friday: 2nd of November 2018
    Saturday: 22nd of December 2018

    *subject to change and cancelation

    This is an over 18 years old event only
    Photo ID is required for entry
    Management reserves the right to refuse entry
    Even though we have many seats and lounge area onboard this is not a sit down cruise.

    “Seductive and shocking…teases and thrills” RIGHT NOW playing until May 20


      RIGHT NOW has been enthralling audiences with its dark humour, compelling performances and suspenseful twists and turns. Want to know more? Read some of the critic’s rave reviews:

      “…a nearly flawless production.” – The Australian

      “A psychological thriller – with all its tension and surprises…O’Neill’s strong but delicate portrayal of a woman fraying at the seams – perhaps from the burden of adapting to motherhood, perhaps from some deeper grief – anchors both the clowning and the play’s dream logic. Opposite, Philips gives a poignant, understated performance.” – The Age

      “Right Now is true theatre…incredibly engaging…this work is quality.”
      – The Melbourne Critique

      “Shatteringly clear…cleverly steeped in strangeness and suspense that makes Red Stitch’s production of Right Now so outstanding.”  – Theatre Press

      “This play is a brilliant piece of absurd theatre…it is no wonder the intimate theatre was packed. Makeeva continues in fine form claiming centre stage, while Mark Wilson peps up the humour and absurdity… Petruzzi is a convincing foil as the eccentric husband Gilles.”  – Australian Stage Online

      “The acting ensemble is uniformly excellent…Tense and twisted drama that you’ll wrestle with for a long time after” –

       “It is an intriguing, puzzling but strangely pleasantly disturbing evening in the theatre.” – Stage Whispers



      by Catherine-Anne Toupin

      Directed by Katy Maudlin

      Playing until May 20th.

      Book now.

      Trailer by Andrej Morgan.

      Click above to watch the Right Now trailer on Vimeo



      Welcome to the family

      We’d like to warmly welcome two new staff members into our big little theatre!
      We are so happy to have found the fantastic Angelica Clunes who is stepping into our Development Manager position and the brilliant Hannah Bullen who is our new Front of House Manager. Welcome and congratulations to these talented women!



      RIGHT NOW on The Hub

      The RIGHT NOW team had a chat with ABC Radio National’s Michael Cathcart on The Hub this Monday morning. If you missed it, click here to listen to director Katy Maudlin and actors Christina O’Neill and Mark Wilson chat about identity, reality, theatrical form as well as perform a short excerpt from the play.

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      How Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer win blurs lines between classical music and pop

       Kendrick Lamar in the music video for Humble. 
      Screenshot from Youtube

      The awarding of the 2018 Pulitzer Music Prize to Kendrick Lamar for his album DAMN. has attracted considerable controversy. The American rapper edged out the young Michael Gilbertson, who wrote a string quartet in a traditional format, and Ted Hearne, who created a modernist setting of a contemporary text for voices, electric guitars and percussion.

      Some have read the decision as a sign of low art (music designed for popular consumption, often with an eye on financial reward) vanquishing high art (esoteric music of transcendent purpose.) Yet to argue this is to prejudice Lamar on the basis of the style of his music.

      Like Lamar’s previous albums, the music of DAMN. is effortlessly creative, with constant attention to shadings of mood and beat. There are many contributors, in the fields of production, vocals and sampling, and the timing throughout is both artful and innovative. As a personally-lived document of life for black Americans today, DAMN. is unique.

      Yet to some critics, the decision elevates a form of music that has no place among the esteemed offerings of past recipients (which historically has included some of America’s pre-eminent composers in the European art-music tradition). What is it about hip-hop music, and rapping in particular, that so offends?

      From its roots as a black American sub-culture, rap music has been a music of defiance. Think of Public Enemy’s Fight the Power (1989), or N.W.A.’s Fuck tha Police (1988). It is a style of music that is powerful through its minimal drum machine/beatbox accompaniment and rhythmically-intoned verse. In the art-music tradition, however, strongly held political views are seldom expressed and, moreover, the forms are often instrumental and wordless. Unlike notes, words have meanings which, typically, can be defined. Some argue music is of a higher form when abstracted from such simple correspondences.

      Music imperceptibly exposes our prejudices. This is evident in popular mischaracterisations, such as the idea that all young people avoid the orchestra, or generations of older people’s intolerance of popular forms. Rap music can be deliberately uncongenial: it is often intentionally abrasive, and its singular focus on expressing its message has frequently paralleled an almost pathological aversion to melody.

      We all listen to music differently. When discussing music, one can be swamped by subjectivity; with beauty being in the eye (or ear) of the beholder, argument can seem futile. While we may never completely overcome our biases, I believe that there are some universal terms that we should be able to make use of when we’re assessing music – whether it is art or pop, high or low – such as creativity, authenticity, innovation and uniqueness. DAMN. scores powerfully on all of these.

      The brilliance of DAMN.

      The lyrics of DAMN., despite frequent swearing (a vernacular trait common to hip hop), attest to Lamar’s sincerity and faith in music as a path to social healing. In this way, they are straightforwardly authentic. An example of Lamar’s philosophy can be found in these lines from the song Pride:

      See, in a perfect world, I’ll choose faith over riches/I’ll choose work over bitches, I’ll make schools out of prison/I’ll take all the religions and put ‘em all in one service/Just to tell ’em we ain’t shit, but He’s been perfect, world.

      Given the powerful way DAMN.’s lyrics portray societal issues, it may be that politics shaped the awarding of this year’s prize at least as much as the musical accomplishments. (A performance of Lamar’s 2015 single, Alright, from his previous album, To Pimp a Butterfly, created controversy when staged on the roof of a police car. The song, which includes the words “and we hate the po-po [police]/Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho” was described by Lamar as one of hope. Fittingly, it became an anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement.)

      Arguably, to Pimp a Butterfly, with its recurrence of a progressively revealed poem outlining the rationale of the rapper’s life-view, might constitute a more conceptually unified artwork than DAMN. Yet DAMN. rewards repeated listening – another element for assessing artistic validity. The album works on many levels, alternating songs that focus on notions of “weakness” and “wickedness”, and it also can be listened to in a reversed track-order (as acknowledged by the composer as an intentional element of its design).

      Righting a wrong

      The first Pulitzer Prize for Music was awarded in 1943. Its early recipients included the composers Howard Hanson, Virgil Thomson, Walter Piston and William Schumann. The initial beneficiaries were conservative in their style, and their winning works were typically in abstract instrumental forms, such as the symphony and the concerto, devoid of textual elements which can complicate the evaluation of music.

      Without a centuries-long European heritage on which to draw, America (much like Australia) was late to develop a “national” musical style of its own; yet as it did, composers such as Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber were duly recognised.

      During this time, American music dominated the world through jazz and Broadway musicals, yet absent from the winner’s list are names such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Apparently, in the eyes of the judging panel, popular music was made of inferior stuff. It took decades for jazz to be recognised with a Pulitzer Music Prize, and it was not awarded to an African American until 1996.

      Despite recent efforts to address these issues through posthumous citations to black and popular-leaning musicians, the list of Pulitzer winners has remained a roll-call of composers in what one might call the “university” tradition of art-music. Some forms, such as rock, have never been recognised. More positively, female composers have increasingly featured since 2010.

      Importantly, though, the award to DAMN. rights another wrong. Ragtime music, pioneered by black Americans such as Scott Joplin, gained first recognition in the works of the white Irving Berlin. Jazz, an African American music beyond question, achieved national acceptance under Paul Whiteman (also white).

      Later, “swing” would rise to its greatest popularity through the recordings of Benny Goodman. With the 2014 award of a Grammy to white rapper Macklemore, it may have seemed this trend was continuing. Fittingly, then, the Pulitzer board has given its first music prize for rap to a black American.

      This article was written by:
      Image of Scott DavieScott Davie – [Piano tutor and Lecturer, Sydney Conservatorium Music, University of Sydney]




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      Cannabis and psychosis: what is the link and who is at risk?

       Only certain compounds in cannabis are at fault. 

      There has been a recent global rise in “green fever”, with various jurisdictions either decriminalising or legalising cannabis.

      But alongside relaxing the rules comes concern about the health implications of cannabis use. We often hear of a link between cannabis use and psychosis. So how strong is the link, and who is at risk?

      What is psychosis?

      There’s consistent evidence showing a relationship over time between heavy or repeated cannabis use (or those diagnosed with cannabis use disorder) and an experience of psychosis for the first time.

      Psychotic disorders are severe mental health conditions. They’re characterised by a “loss of contact with reality”, where the individual loses the ability to distinguish what’s real from what’s not. Psychotic symptoms can include visual hallucinations, hearing voices, or pervasive delusional thinking.

      These can often present as a “psychotic episode” – which is a relatively sudden worsening of psychotic symptoms over a short time-frame, frequently resulting in hospitalisation.

      The heaviest users of cannabis are around four times as likely to develop schizophrenia (a psychotic disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel and behave clearly) than non-users. Even the “average cannabis user” (for which the definition varies from study to study) is around twice as likely as a non-user to develop a psychotic disorder.

      Furthermore, these studies found a causal link between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC – the plant chemical which elicits the “stoned” experience) and psychosis. This means the link is not coincidental, and one has actually caused the other.

      Who is at risk?

      People with certain gene variants seem to be at higher risk. However our understanding of these factors is still limited, and we’re unable to use genetic information alone to determine if someone will or won’t develop psychosis from cannabis use.

      Those with these genetic variants who have also experienced childhood trauma, or have a paranoid personality type, are even more at-risk. So too are adolescents and young adults, who have growing brains and are at an age where schizophrenia is more likely to manifest.

      The type of cannabis material being used (or the use of synthetic cannabinoids, known as “spice”) may also increase the risk of psychosis. As mentioned above, this is due to the psychological effects of the chemical THC (one of over 140 cannabinoids found in the plant).

      Even healthy people given THC can experience psychotic symptoms including paranoia. from

      This compound may actually mimic the presentation of psychotic symptoms, including paranoia, sensory alteration, euphoria, and hallucinations. In laboratory-based research, even healthy people may exhibit increased symptoms of psychosis when given THC compounds, with more severe effects observed in people with schizophrenia.

      Many cannabis strains contain high amounts of THC, found in plant varieties such as one called “skunk”. These are popular with consumers due to the “high” it elicits. However with this goes the increased risk of paranoia, anxiety, and psychosis.

      But can’t cannabis also be good for mental health?

      Ironically, one compound found in cannabis may actually be beneficial in treating psychosis. In contrast to THC, a compound called cannabidiol (CBD) may provide a buffering effect to the potentially psychosis-inducing effects of THC.

      This may occur in part due to its ability to partially block the same brain chemical receptor THC binds with. CBD can also inhibit the breakdown of a brain chemical called “anandamide,” which makes us feel happy. Incidentally, anandamide is also found in chocolate and is aptly named after the Sanskrit word meaning “bliss”.

      CBD extracted from cannabis and used in isolation is well-tolerated with minimal psychoactive effects. In other words, it doesn’t make a person feel “high”. Some studies have found CBD is actually beneficial in improving the symptoms of schizophrenia. But one more recent study showed no difference in the effects of CBD compared to a dummy pill on symptoms of schizophrenia.

      Perhaps this means CBD benefits a particular biological sub-type of schizophrenia, but we’d need further study to find out.

      Would legalising make a difference?

      It’s important to note most studies finding a causal link between cannabis use and psychosis examined the use of illicit cannabis, usually from unknown origins. This means the levels of THC were unrestricted, and there’s a possibility of synthetic adulterants, chemical residues, heavy metals or other toxins being present due to a lack of quality assurance practices.

      Read more: Legal highs: arguments for and against legalising cannabis in Australia

      In the future, it’s possible that standardised novel “medicinal cannabis” formulations (or isolated compounds) may have negligible effects on psychosis risk.

      Until then though, we can safely say given the current weight of evidence, illicit cannabis use can increase the risk of an acute psychotic episode. And this subsequently may also increase the chances of developing schizophrenia. This is particularly true when high-THC strains (or synthetic versions) are used at high doses in growing adolescent brains.

      This article was co-authored by:
      Image of Jerome SarrisJerome Sarris – [Professor of Integrative Mental Health; NICM Deputy Director, Western Sydney University]
      Image of Joe FirthJoe Firth – [Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University]




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      27 – 29 April


        Nothing Compares to Prince @ Arts Centre (29 Apr) – he had three bangers, and gave one away to Sinead. And that was all. No more bangs. None.
        Queen Vic Market 140th Party @ QVM (29 Apr) – yay let’s all dance on a grave site.
        Beers, BBQ and Burgers @ Ascot Vale (28 Apr) – just another reason to go to Ascot Vale, it’s basically the Disneyland of Melbourne, you will never want to leave.
        Tosca @ Arts Centre (meow – 10 May) – a 15yr old girl’s plight surrounding her new posca pens and not knowing how to tag the bottom of her school bag.
        Big Dance @ Fed Sq (29 Apr) – twig stance, jig lance, lance bass, justin timberlake how good is The Sinner Jessica Biel FTW.
        Burke and Wills Film Night @ CBD (27 Apr) – you know these maddawgs actually took a piano with them while trying to cross the Blue Mountains? Nutters.
        Irish Film Festival @ Kino Cinemal (26 – 28 Apr) – playing all of Cillian Murphy movies. Prepare to question your own sexuality no matter the team you bat for.
        Lonesome Souls @ Juddy Roller (27 Apr – 11 May) – admission permission via right swipe.
        Crossword Club @ The Good Copy (29 Apr) – for people who get cross.
        Go Mad with Mukka @ Collingwood (29 Apr) – for people who get mad.
        Bright Autumn Festival @ Bright (27 Apr – 6 May) – like the eyes of Bradley Cooper who – side note – is a tool. Please watch. Actually don’t.

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        We can change our brain and its ability to cope with disease with simple lifestyle choices

         Lifestyle factors such as meditation can 
        change our brain for the better. gGuilherme Romano

        Our life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past several decades, with advances in medical research, nutrition and health care seeing us live well into our 80s. But this longer life expectancy has also come at a cost, as the longer we live, the more likely we are to develop neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia.

        Despite the lack of treatments for these diseases, there’s now a growing body of research to suggest there are a range of lifestyle changes we can adopt to help enhance our brain function. And even prevent brain disease.


        The effects of physical activity, particularly aerobic exercise, on brain health have been well studied. There’s now evidence to suggest engaging in physical activity can improve brain health through a phenomenon called neuroplasticity. This is where brain cells can more easily respond to disease or injury.

        Physical activity can induce a cascade of biological processes that improve function of brain regions responsible for memory, and things such as decision making.

        In particular, going for a run or bike ride (as opposed to only strength exercises such as weight training) have been shown to increase levels of “brain-derived neurotrophic factor”, a protein central to the growth and survival of brain cells. Brain imaging studies are also starting to confirm exercise training can result in a bigger hippocampus (the brain region responsible for memory) and improvements in memory.

        Just as protein shakes may help muscles grow after exercise, the brain-derived neurotrophic factor may help to strengthen and generate brain cells. This in turn can increase the brain’s ability to cope with injury or disease.

        Exercise strengthens our brains as well as our muscles. Kyle Kranz/Unsplash


        Over the past decade, there’s been an explosion of interest in meditation and mindfulness as a treatment of mental health disorders, particularly depression and anxiety.

        Some studies have suggested long-term engagement in meditation is associated with physiological brain changes (such as larger brain volumes and higher brain activity).

        But the extent to which meditation is associated with better memory, or with long-term protection against brain diseases, remains to be determined.


        Hypnosis is one of the oldest forms of psychotherapy. It is typically used as an adjunct treatment for pain, and a range of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress. Recent studies show that during hypnosis, changes in brain activity are detected in brain regions that govern attention and emotional control.

        One small study (18 patients) suggested hypnosis substantially improved the quality of life of dementia patients after 12 months, with patients experiencing higher levels of concentration and motivation. But this result is very preliminary, and requires independent replication with larger numbers of patients.

        It’s likely hypnosis plays an important role in reducing stress and anxiety, which may in turn improve focus, attention and wellbeing in general.

        So what works?

        The challenge with studying the effects of lifestyle changes on brain health, particularly over a long period of time, is the large degree of overlap across all lifestyle factors. For example, engaging in physical activity will be related to better sleep and less stress – which also improve our memory and thinking function.

        Similarly, better sleep is related to improved mood. It may make people feel more motivated to exercise, which may also lead to better memory and thinking function.

        The extent to which we can truly determine the contribution of each lifestyle factor (sleep, physical activity, diet, social engagement) to our brain health remains limited.

        But a wide range of lifestyle factors that are highly modifiable such as physical inactivity, obesity, chronic stress and high blood pressure can have far-reaching effects on our brain health. After all, it is mid-life high blood pressure, obesity and physical inactivity that can increase our risk of dementia in later life.

        Recently, a large study of 21,000 American adults aged over 65 suggested the prevalence of dementia fell significantly from 11.6% to 8.8% (nearly a 25% reduction) over 12 years (from 2000 to 2012). The researchers suggested this decrease in prevalence may be due to increases in education and better control of risk factors for high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

        This provides some hope that we can, to a certain extent, take charge of our brain health through engagement in a wide range of beneficial activities that seek to improve mental function, improve heart health, or reduce stress.

        It’s never too early to start investing in the health of our brains, particularly when these lifestyle changes are easily implemented, and readily accessible to most of us.

        If you are interested in being a part of a study on brain health in middle-aged Australians, please join us at the Healthy Brain Project.

        This article was written by:

        Image of Yen Ying LimYen Ying Lim – [Research Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health]




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        Lunch for under $13


          Back to Dear Liza for a $12.50 lunchbox: rockling bites, chips, grilled corn and “Rochelle’s Coleslaw”. Good value for St Kilda…


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          8 brilliant acts announced for Circus Showdown 2018





            23 Performers in 8 Acts compete over 3 Nights in the awe-inspiring


            Gasworks Arts Park is proud to present Gasworks Circus Showdown 2018.  This yearly event is a highlight of the Gasworks and Circus Calendars, offering an experience, part competition, festival and showcase, that is unlike anything else in Australia. Watch eight of Australia’s finest circus and physical theatre acts battle over three nights of awe-inspiring competition, 2 fierce heats on 23 & 24 May, and a spectacular finale on Saturday 26 August.  Circus Showdown highlights exceptional emerging circus and physical theatre entertainers and established artists experimenting with new works and apparatus’ whose remarkable skills span acrobatics, trapeze, slackrope, juggling, aerial and physical comedy.

            Held in the Gasworks Theatre the acts will share in a professional development prize pool valued at over $18,000 including a $5,000 cash prize  generously donated by the Gasworks Patrons Foundation, photography and videography, Open Training Time at NICA, and venue hire for future performances.  A judging panel and audience vote will decide who triumphs in the heats and who is crowned the 2018 Gasworks Circus Showdown Champion. Gasworks Circus Showdown is the only performance and professional development event of its kind in Australia.

            The 2018 Acts

            Break The Mould present Spanners and Spatulas
            No man is small. No woman is large. Men wear suits. Women wear dresses. Men are strong. Women are frail. Men are stoic. Women are emotional.  Men use spanners. Women use spatulas.  Men lift things. Women get lifted.  Or… not. A comedic jaunt through our failures to fit the mould.

            Jugg Life Productions present Any Questions?
            ‘Do one thing every day that scares you’ – Malia Walsh
            Byron Hutton is going out on a limb. He is making himself vulnerable in his most difficult and scariest performance to date. He doesn’t know if you like it.  It’s going to be extreme. Intrigued? Me to.

             Oddity Circus present Glass Universe
            A glimpse of two lives running parallel for a time, with similar hopes and convergent dreams.
            Delve into the rawness of human connection, power, and the desire for equality and understanding.  Explore the bond of two people as their lives intersect and they negotiate chaos, unfamiliarity, tension and power dynamics.

            Three Feet presents Boxed In Sideways
            Four women, Four boxes. We don’t fit into them. Never have.
            A powerful statement of what can be achieved by women who lift each other up, challenging the limits of the physical and psychological. Three Feet speak a louder truth of lived experience through circus, dance and puppetry.

























            Calligraphy Circus The Last Letter

            Letter writing is a dying artform.  Reflect on the power of words and stories from all around the world as The Last Letter takes you on a journey.  The stories leap from the page, taking on physical form and visual life. The unheard will be heard, with an acrobatic twist!
            An all female cast YUCK is a wild and ridiculous representation of all the uncomfortable conversations accumulated over a lifetime. Drawn from personal experiences, they’re ready to turn the controversial into to the contemplated, using high-flying acrobatics, absurd confessions, and some groovy dancing.

























            One Fell Swoop Present Kilter
            To stand on a rope you don’t balance yourself over it – you pull the rope underneath you. You don’t find your balance, you fight for it, continuously. Like life it is an unstable equilibrium that needs constant work to sustain. 
            Here circus reflects life: the balance in motion, tipping points, clarity in focus, and the precariousness of being still in turbulence.

            Totally Plucked Presents Totally Plucked
            A daring new comedy circus solo show by Awarding Winning Circus performer Simon Wright.  Top twisted circus tricks meets absurd wordless characters in this joyful ride through wonderfully stupid physical comedy. You have seen him on ABC TV, now see him in the flesh, or even decorated in feathers!

            Gasworks Circus Showdown:
            Gasworks Theatre
            Heats: Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 May 
            Finale: Saturday 26 May


            Ticket Prices

            Full $30
            Concession $25
            Moving Parts Subscribers $20

            Grand Finale:
            Premium VIP $49
            Full $40
            Concession $35

            Buy tickets to Gasworks Circus Showdown  here
            Purchase a Moving Parts subscription here

            My #GranParks author interview on Jera’s Jamboree


              Big thanks to Shaz of Jera’s Jamboree for inviting me to answer her interesting questions! Here I reveal the inside story of The Legacy of Old Gran Parks.

              “Please summarise The Legacy of Gran Parks in 20 words or less.

              In a lawless town in a coastal wilderness, four women encounter four deviant men. Gran Parks stands at the crossroads.


              What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?

              I started with the setting. A friend and former neighbour had relocated to a remote town deep in the forest on Australia’s south-eastern corner. I know the town as I have passed through it many times on my way up the coast from Melbourne. Cann River is a coach stop; it’s where tourists pull in for a rest after driving through the forest for about a hundred miles, before they tackle the next hundred. For years, I thought the town would make a terrific setting for a thriller. When my friend urged me on and I committed to the project, fresh ideas flooded in. I was after a unique tale, something that would speak to the heart of what Cann River feels like from an outsider’s point of view, while capturing some of the essence of the surrounds, for the area, known as Croajingolong National Park, is part of the Wilderness Coast and is a UNESCO-declared biosphere reserve.  The area is special for another reason, one I discovered when I started researching the story. On the coast nearby is Point Hicks lighthouse, where Captain James Cook first sighted land on the eastern coast of Australia in April 1770. Unable to pull in there or anywhere else for hundreds of kilometres, Cook kept heading north and arrived at Botany Bay and Australia was claimed by the British. My book is as far from historical fiction as can be, but there is truth in there regarding the local area, including Point Hicks….”

              Read the full story here. 



                Join us for a unique conversation with Australian artists Matthew Sleeth and Wendy Sharpe, along with Tanja Johnston, Head of Arts Programs, Australian National Veterans Art Museum (ANVAM), as they discuss the intersections of art and war.

                Hear what these artists learned as bystanders in conflict zones, as well as what it was like to confront the political and cultural realities we don’t see in the media. Find out from Tanja Johnston about the art programs developed by ANVAM to support the wellbeing of current and former service members.

                Presented in collaboration with The Shrine of Remembrance.

                DATE > 1 MAY 2018
                TIME > 6PM to 7.30PM
                VENUE > The Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
                COST > $5 per person, free for Friends of the Shrine.


                IMAGE CREDIT > Matthew Sleeth, ‘Untitled #66’, Tour of Duty, 1999, photograph. Image courtesy of the artist