Editorials

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

June 3, 2024

Her latest book, Good Life Growing, follows the huge success of her 2021 debut, The Good Life: How to Grow a Better World. To get a sneak-peak prior to her two appearances at the BRWF, we caught up with the Tassie gardener/activist to find out all the dirt. “I approached that first book with the mentality, ‘That it’s probably going to be the only book I’m ever going to write, so what’s the most important thing to write about?’” Hannah…

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JUNE EVENTS CALENDAR

June 3, 2024

SATURDAY 1ST  The Tryouts (Newcastle), 5 Church Street, Bellingen, Bookings advised, Ph: 6655 0873, 6pm Saltwater Freshwater Festival, Smithtown Riverside Park (Park st), 10am – 4.30pm, info: saltwaterfreshwater.com.au/festival. Tix: Gold coin entry Steve Bennett, Crescent Head Country Club, 7.30pm, free Yarrow, Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, 7pm, free  3 BAND SHOWCASE: Ferny Fairway, Sunday Sesh, Elestrial + DJ Richard Gear, Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, 6pm, free LR Marsh, Corindi Beach Hotel, 8pm, free Empire Band, Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, 8.30pm SUNDAY 2ND  Gage Roads…

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Celebrating a milestone

June 3, 2024

Built as a Dance Hall in the 1880s, the Criterion became a produce store in the 50s before being bequeathed to Grafton Council to become a venue for Performing Arts. A committee was formed, a cast was found, a stage was constructed and in October 1983 the 1st of many Music Hall nights was performed. The Big River group went on to stage Variety Nights, Melodramas, plays and musicals. The Criterion is a unique venue, being a Heritage listed building…

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Grow your audience

June 3, 2024

Digital Marketing 101 How to build engagement & clientele through digital marketing platforms What will be covered: • Social Media – We talk the big 2 – Instagram & Facebook – how to maximise your time on these platforms to build your following. • Email Marketing – Strategies to Build Your Database & Platforms to Build Engagement with Clients. • Content – Tools to develop authentic & engaging content to build your following. What You’ll Get Out of It: •…

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Ravers unite

June 3, 2024

The 90s Acid House party that followed a screening of Beats at Bellingen Film Lovers attracted dance music fans young and old. By ‘old’ I mean folks like me, who danced to this music 30 years ago and still harbour a fondness for thumping four-to-the-floor rhythms and strobe lit dancefloors. It was particularly gratifying to see half the room occupied by 18 – 24 year olds. What had attracted them to an event such as this and how had they…

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The art of Winter

June 3, 2024

Dorrigo Rainforest Centre Next up at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is their ‘Winter Art Show’. Running until the 14th of July, the exhibition features new artworks from many regular exhibitors at the Rainforest Centre, including photography by Chris Wynne & Ross Thompson, paintings by Carol Simons, Gunda Loebau, Gail Cardow and several others together with finely crafted timber, leather work, printmakers and glass art. A visit to this new exhibition is sure to please, not to mention the beautiful autumn colours…

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All Mixed Up

May 30, 2024

A dynamic exhibition of graduating students from TAFE’s Diploma of Visual Arts and Ceramics opens Saturday 15th June at Tree-O Gallery in Raleigh. All Mixed Up presents the work of both visual arts and ceramics students who have spent the past 18 months learning new skills and developing their individual creative practices. The exhibition provides a hybrid experience for the local community in celebration of the conceptual and material diversity of each individual’s art practice. The display spans across 2D…

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Jetty Theatre in June

May 30, 2024

Prinnie Stevens – Lady Sings The Blues Volume 2 | Fri 7 June 7.30pm Lady Sings The Blues is back with Volume 2! Former Voice contestant and Soul songstress, Prinnie Stevens, pays homage to influential women in song, their beauty, strength, struggles and pain in her speakeasy cabaret-style show. Lady Sings The Blues combines Prinnie’s Musical Theatre, Pop, Soul & Gospel experience to create a diverse show like no other. Volume 2 will feature the songs and stories of the…

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Winter Chill-Out

May 30, 2024

Putting their own twist on Southern food is casual restaurant space Roast Republic in Sydney. As the weather turns chilly I say it’s the perfect time to indulge in soul warming chilli meals like Jambalaya and Roast Republic’s insanely good Pineapple Jalapeño Margherita. Everyone at the table ordered a second Margherita, the flavours were so delicious. Back in 2010 I travelled through the USA to interview southern and soul food chefs and home cooks to write and publish my book…

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Women Like Us

May 30, 2024

An anomaly in their industry – kick ass comics but middle-aged women – they realised that it didn’t matter how good they were, they were always going to be behind the 8 ball in an industry that favours under 30’s and is dominated by blokes.  After years of performing for women’s luncheons and fundraisers to audiences that fangirled them like crazy, both Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs decided that there was an audience out there for them – they just…

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