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Have guitar, will trek

An Australian classical guitarist who was handpicked to play with the great John Williams, Tim Kain’s career has been a combination of performing at the highest international level and quietly building up a legendary teaching tradition. Since the 1980s, Tim Kain has been based at the Canberra School of Music,…

Opera stars encourage young talent

Seven young opera singers are on their way to Dubbo. But instead of just giving a concert, they plan on inspiring other budding performers to follow their dreams. Soprano Jessica Westcott said the group is excited to be doing their Rising Stars regional tour of NSW and the ACT, where…

Western College gives the word on art prize

The Western College Art Prize makes its biennial appearance next week. The WCAP (as we so gently call it) is the only open, competitive individual exhibition the WPCC organises and we are as happy as a pig in clover to be on board for this third iteration. For each running…

Close encounters of the heartthrob kind

Joining throngs of screaming tweens is not normally my idea of fun, but recently I was swept up in the mild hysteria of almost 500 Reece Mastin fans who gathered en masse to see his show at Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC). It was a sell-out performance, and…

It’s a small world after all

Have you ever been on Facebook, or had a conversation after a show, where you find out a number of your friends, unknown to each other but connected to you, have all been to the same show? Our city may not be as large as metropolitan capitals but with a…

Disconnected

Cassie Hamer’s poignant tale of a lonely soul ticking off the hours as life’s clock winds down is this week’s selection from the finalists in the 2014 Cowley Literary Award’s fiction category. We hope it moves you, as it did the judges.

Song to Sing: Story-telling through music

Telling stories through song and creating strong regional networks in the process is the focus of a project now underway in the Orana region. The Song to Sing Project aims to create a regional music network across the three regional arts boards of Orana Arts, Outback Arts and Arts NorthWest,…

Fast five with Ruby Davies

Acclaimed photographer, environmental activist, horse lover and TAFE teacher Ruby Davies is currently showing her first solo painting exhibition, Sensible Objects, at the Fire Station Arts Centre. Ruby tells how she has come to find her home at the mid-point between her early years in Wilcannia and many years spent…

The final curtain

Ros Marsden’s quirky short story – a darkly nostalgic glimpse at waning fortunes and the irony of aging – captured the judges’ attention with its grim twist, earning her a berth as a finalist in the fiction category of this year’s Cowley Literary Award.

Delete

Cowley Literary Award finalist Julie Twohig captured the judges’ imagination with the simple honesty of her work, Delete, in which she puts words to the wish we’ve all made: If only the awful pain of loss could be erased with the touch of a button.

A Centenary to remember

A hundred years ago yesterday the first major battle of World War I come to its bloody conclusion. This might be a surprise to those watching Australian television at present, where war commemoration is firmly planted on the Australian experience of war, and the Australian experience of war is of…

The Cream of Rockhampton

The WPCC is absolutely chuffed (a technical term) to be hosting Cream: Four decades of Australian Art, in its gallery space at present. This touring show from the Rockhampton Art Gallery features the very best names from the Australian art scene of the 20th century. Names such as Boyd, Nolan,…