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At the risk of ridicule, I like to watch reality television. There. I’ve said it. I may not be an addict, but I am outing myself as a fan of the genre of entertainment many people scorn but often secretly watch behind closed lounge-room doors. Perhaps this fondness for reality…

Advent

Short and bittersweet; touching and poignant – Robyn McCann’s Advent is one of the finalists in the non-fiction category of the Cowley Literary Award for 2014.

A reel life in moving pictures

Growing up on a farm near Eugowra, little did the young Andrew Barnes know he would one day fulfil his creative potential. Today, as the director of his own video production company in Sydney he has a client list including the Australian National University, Australian Football League, Country Rugby League,…

Creative country kids “mucking around” with mobiles

Providing a platform for country kids to realise their creative talents is one of the objectives of the Orana Arts mobile video competition, My Arts My Town. Through the establishment of a secondary school category in the competition, which aims to showcase the arts and cultural tourism opportunities of the…

Sometimes

This week, finalist in the Cowley Literary Award for May in the category of fiction, is Chris Stanley, who explores the pain of loss and the agony of guilt in his gut-wrenching glimpse into the heart of a grieving parent.

Something to sing about

Every Thursday after school, an energetic bunch of children spends an hour and half singing, acting and moving. They are part of a new program at Macquarie Conservatorium introducing children aged seven to 12 years to the skills and thrills of music theatre. Led by two local experts, Camilla Ward…

Dear Harry

Nations, and families, have been torn apart in the name of religion for centuries – Jolyon Zentner’s included. Dear Harry is a touching glimpse into a relationship between brothers, strained by both geographical and ideological difference.

Time to get off our arts and go public

Public art. If that doesn’t set your heart racing I don’t know what does. Perhaps you should check your pulse for you might already be dead and have been replaced by a surprisingly life-like automaton. To be honest, public art is perhaps not the most controversial of things happening in…

In The Mood

This week’s Cowley Literary Award finalist is Robyn Mundy, whose anti-hero gives readers a sardonic, and we suspect ultimately ruinous, look at what it means to be In the Mood.

Birthday conjures memories of a theatrical start

Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) recently celebrated a birthday. Officially opened in April 2010 we’re now four years old; not a huge milestone but we can add another year and several more shows to our performance archive. With the advent of the Internet and our website, patrons only…

Whispering Wind

We hope you enjoy this gentle, reflective piece by Cowley Literary Award finalist in the non-fiction category, Elizabeth Craig, who finds both the ache of regret and the solace of confession in the Whispering Wind.

No need for words

Dale Freeman exudes joy – the joy of music and its power to communicate without the need for words. Watching him perform in the drumming circle at Macquarie Conservatorium, there’s a sense he is completely comfortable with sharing his talent with whoever happens to be in the room at the…

Putting love back into life

The faces circled around the musician in the centre of the room are split with smiles. There is no need for words. The participants of this drumming session at Macquarie Conservatorium are expressing how they feel through the drums and percussion instruments in their laps. “You guys have great rhythm!”…