tag: Canberra


Posted on December 6, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

ACT Book of the Year announced as we celebrate our community

Canberra-based poet and Barkindji man, Paul Collis, has been awarded the ACT Book of the Year at our ACT Writers Centre Publishing and Awards Night for his work Dancing Home. The Centre’s awards evening and Christmas party, held on Thursday 6 December at the Ainslie Arts Centre, brought together over 100 members of the arts, […]


Posted on March 21, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

Celebrating Member Milestones

It’s time to once again celebrate the successes of our members! Congratulations to all from the team at the ACT Writers Centre. Alison Booth Alison’s new novel A Perfect Marriage was published by RedDoor and launched at the Essex Book Festival. Mark Butz Mark has had a local history book published with the Woodlands and Wetlands […]


Posted on August 17, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Ten locals to look for at the Canberra Writers Festival

It’s pulling some big names from around the country, but the 2nd annual Canberra Writers Festival is also presenting a selection of talent from Canberra’s own writing community. The Festival begins next week, running from Friday 25th August to Sunday 27th August 2017 in venues around town. Read on for ten locals to look for – […]


Posted on May 24, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Diving into the River: Screenwriting in the Digital Age

Blogger in Residence, Penny Hanley, looks into what you need to know to take the plunge and to get your start at screenwriting. ‘There’s never been a better time to be a writer!’ said screenwriter and creative producer Mike Jones last Friday at Canberra’s National Film and Sound Archive. Opportunities for screenwriters are expanding enormously. He […]


Posted on May 10, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Canberra Poetry Scene – Part 2 “Slam” Poetry

Chris Kerr compares the “slam” and traditional poetry scenes, chatting to a few of Canberra’s notable poets in his last post as Blogger in Residence. [Photograph by: Brianna Laugher] This is the second of two blog posts looking at the Canberra poetry scene. The first one explored the sometimes overlooked world of Bush Poetry. In […]


Posted on April 30, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Action (Bus Route 2), a poem by Sarah Rice

Sarah Rice’s poem, Action (Bus Route 2) was Highly Commended for the 2015 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award. This poem was described by judge, Melinda Smith as “A personable, compassionate meditation on having and not-having with some sharply observed moments”.  Action (Bus Route 2) There’s someone living in my bus stop two bikes three bags and […]


Posted on April 28, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Top Books to Read this Year: From the Booksellers

We asked two wonderful Canberran book retailers what their top 3 books to read this year were. This post supplements a bunch of articles found in the May edition of ACTWrite magazine themed around booksellers. ACTWrite is the ACT Writers Centre’s monthly magazine for members. Become a member to get your copy in either your mailbox or […]


Posted on April 26, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Small Press and Ebook Publishers

Blogger in Residence, Chris Kerr, focuses on homegrown small ebook publishers in his latest post. The words ‘small publishing’ conjure up images physical books lovingly posted out to customers, sometimes with handwritten notes. That said, ebooks are increasingly part of the picture for small presses. They can transform sales by giving even the smallest presses […]


Posted on April 12, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Editing Wisdom from the Professionals

Blogger in Residence, Chris Kerr, talks editing with Geoff Page and Duncan Felton. The editing process can seem opaque to writers. It lost a lot of its mystery after I had the opportunity to edit poetry magazines and a poetry pamphlet myself. Nothing reinforces the fact that editors are not infallible more than this experience. […]


Posted on April 5, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

The man behind the Yarns: an interview with Capital Yarns author Sean Costello

Blogger in Residence, Matthew C Lamb, chatted with the most Canberran writer you’ll ever meet, Sean Costello. I was in Harry Hartog’s in Woden the other day when I came across something unusual on the counter. Neatly folded in a cardboard stand was a stack of short stories, each for the spare change price of […]


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