June 19


The First Time podcast panel, artwork by Suzanne Moss.

It was a freezing Friday evening  in Canberra for the ACT Writers’ Centre Winter Warmer, which incidentally, was hosted by CCAS in the Gorman Art Centre Galleries. An enthusiastic crowd paid no mind to plummeting temperatures as they gathered for an evening of wine tasting, laid back panel discussions and readings. The evening kicked of with wine maker Celine Rousseau who introduced fabulous Eden Road Wines to an appreciative crowd. (The award winning Charmant Rose is superb, while noting all the wines from this highly regarded local winery are worth more than a taste). Having sampled the wine we joined Kate Mildenhall and Katherine Collette in conversation with authors Irma Gold, Jack Heath and Karen Viggers talking about their experiences as fist time publishers. Informative and entertaining, this recorded session, drew the occasional roar of laughter from the audience indicating that first time memories are not without their humorous moments. After another glass of wine CCAS threw its hat in the ring with a panel discussion focusing on obsession. David Broker (curator), and artists Michele England, Jodie Cunningham and Ann McMahon told the stories behind work in CCAS’s current exhibition Obsessive Impulsion.  One of many public programs inspired by this highly successful exhibition, it was a special privilege to talk to a new audience of receptive writers. Finally readings by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern and Rosanna Stevens two of Canberra’s up and coming authors wowed the crowd.  All up the evening was an occasion of extraordinary warmth and as the time came for extra mingling the barriers between literature and visual arts had well evaporated. Thanks to Sarah, Paul Sophie and Meg for all their hard work putting this fantastic event together. A brilliant success for the Writers’ Centre and another step on the way of a beautiful friendship between CCAS and ACT Writers.

Paul Bisset and Sarah Mason (ACT Writers’ Centre)

Kailia, Amanda and Ann McMahon

Irma Gold, Katherine Collette and Kate Mildenhall

Jodie Cunningham, Hannah and Edwina

Tobias, Maddie and Jack Heath

Genevieve, Karina and Jodie Cunningham

Shags and Alexander