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Your libraries

Your libraries

During this time of increased isolation, reading may have become a more important activity for you. Richmond Tweed Regional Library’s thirteen branches are the place to go and part of the service enables you to reserve books which interest you online. There is free internet & Wi-Fi, eBooks, CDs &…

Book Review – A Room Made of Leaves

Book Review – A Room Made of Leaves

A Room Made of Leaves Author: Kate Grenville Book review: Jenny Dowell Late in this wonderful novel, Kate Grenville writes ‘This story…may appear to speak with authority, but might it be nothing more than the mischievous invention of a sly old woman?’ Who is the ‘sly old woman’? At first…

Healing with reading and writing

Healing with reading and writing

Bibliotherapy: how reading and writing have been healing trauma since World War I Viacheslav Nikolaenko via Shutterstock Sara Haslam, The Open University; Edmund King, The Open University, and Siobhan Campbell, The Open University Bibliotherapy – the idea that reading can have a beneficial effect on mental health – has undergone…

Local collaboration keeping theatre alive

Local collaboration keeping theatre alive

How do actors keep busy while stage lights are dimmed and curtains closed? Director of Educating Rita, David Addenbrooke and Lismore Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Kylie Fuad came up with the idea of engaging their actors in a filmed, rehearsed, abridged reading of Macbeth. Elyse Knowles (Rita) will play Lady Macbeth…

Dr Andrew Binns is a General Practitioner at Goonellabah Medical Centre and has recently launched a new website called Healthy Aspirations – addressing the determinants of health. His focused areas are Lifestyle Medicine, Art and Health, Justice Health and Aboriginal Health. Other important contributors to the website are Janet Grist,…

Rochdale Theatre lease

Rochdale Theatre lease

Lismore Theatre Company is celebrating after Lismore City Council voted unanimously at its May meeting to grant the company a new five year lease for the Rochdale Theatre on Ballina Road Goonellabah. In 2015, Council had agreed to examine interest from potential buyers of the building at the end of…

Artists and ‘Jobkeeper’ payments

Artists and ‘Jobkeeper’ payments

From the Conversation The government says artists should be able to access JobKeeper payments. It’s not that simple Many workers in the film industry are excluded from JobKeeper. The Nightinggale/Transmission Films Guy Morrow, University of Melbourne and Brian Long, University of Melbourne This week, Australia’s finance minister Mathias Cormann told…