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GIRL WITH WINGS
Author's first effort ready to take flight
Jennifer Bradley's first novel, the Girl with Wings, will be launched on Thursday in Manuka. Photo: Matt Bedford
Canberra author Jennifer Bradley's
first novel aims to empower young
girls to do anything they choose.
The young adult fiction book, Girl
with Wings, is set during the 1920s and
1930s in the NSW central west town
Bradley tells the story of young
Jessica Mackay who dreams of
becoming a pilot.
Even though women were among
the first people to take on the challenge
of flying, Jessica's ambitions are not
supported by everyone.
Bradley said the inspiration for the
book came from her childhood.
"When I was a teenager and had
been living in Narromine for some
years, my father made me look after a
Rotary exchange student for a week,"
"We opened up the back room of the
aerodrome in Narromine and
discovered fascinating pictures and
stories from the 1930s."
Bradley said the moment stuck in
her mind for some time and she
decided to base the novel on
At the time, the Narromine News
documented all the comings and
goings at the aerodrome, including
information on pilots who returned
from war and set up an aero-club.
Bradley used the National Library
database to scour the newspapers and
based the story on real events which
took place in Australia's fledgling
"It was such a mine of useful
information," she said.
Bradley said she was proud of her
first book, which took about three
months of writing and a further three
months of research to come to fruition.
After she retired from the public
service about five years ago, Bradley
said she hoped to focus more on
writing novels for young adults.
Her second book, which she
described as an adolescent thriller, is
in the editing stage.
Girl with Wings will be launched
officially at Paperchain in Manuka on
Thursday from 5.45pm.
ALBUM: KINTSUGI/ARTIST: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
Trappings of success dissipates alt-indie influences
In their eighth album, Death Cab for
Cutie mine the same familiar field that
they have for almost two decades: odly
introspective music that comes across
as something sad and something
Kintsugi is supposed to hint at lead-
singer Ben Gibbard's separation from
actress Zooey Deschanel and also
confront founding guitarist and
producer Chris Walla's decision to
leave the band after the release of this
The emotional and creative break-
up with a wife and guitarist permeates
through the album with lyrics
expressing longing, loss and a sense of
optimism that everything will be OK.
With confidence and sublime
precision, Death Cab for Cutie, again,
deliver a set of songs that are richly
textured and fall somewhere between
alt-pop and easy listening melodies.
Gloomy chords and strained
emotion fills every corner of this
album and the power-pop ballad Good
Help (Is So Hard to Find) is so radio
friendly you could easily imagine
commercial radio stations picking it up
Like most of their albums, this
Washington band aims for the heart
strings. But their peculiar alt-indie
leanings which has made them so
fascinating have dissipated with them
sounding more like a lightweight
version of U2.
NATIVE GRASSLAND THE
THEME OF ART EXHIBIT
The importance of native grasslands is
the subject of more than 60 artworks
on display in the foyer of ActewAGL
House on Bunda Street, Civic.
As a method of improving
community awareness in order to
preserve the natural heritage of the
national capital, the Artists Society of
Canberra Inc is holding the exhibition
until Saturday, April 18. It is open
from 10am to 5pm daily; entry is free.
WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON
Canberra Chordsman, an all-male
a capella chorus, is running a free
workshop for beginners and
experienced singers to learn about
singing barbershop harmony.
Rehearsals are held every Thursday
from 7pm to 10pm at the Woden
Senior Citizen's Club on the corner of
Melrose Drive and Corinna Street.
Participants who enjoy the program
will be invited to an audition to join the
ON DISPLAY AT THE Q
A commemorative exhibition of late
impressionist artist Graham Shinnick,
who died in 2009, will be held at The
Q in Queanbeyan from April 21.
Presented by his family on behalf of
the artist, the paintings are a legacy
designed to bring hope to those who
view the art.
Shinnick was a federal police officer
who started painting later in life. As a
self-taught artist, he painted his first
oil painting in 1986 with his last solo
exhibition held in 1994.
Shinnick built up a collection of
unique impressionist artworks, of
bright landscapes bordering on
abstract and expressionist pieces. He
once said he didn't paint green fields,
he painted feelings.
"Every one of my paintings is part
because every one has been an
experience," he said.
The In My Eyes exhibition will be
held at The Q in Queanbeyan until
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