Jólabókaflóð, Merry Christmas and a Very New Year! 

Wrap Up for the Year
Right across the Southern Tablelands region this year we have seen an increasing number of arts events from theatre to sculpture, festivals and intimate poetry events, exhibitions and community performance, its been fantastic!  The year saw several new towns become part of the region with the council amalgamations, increased funding for local arts events and communities and many more professional development opportunities for creators and makers.

The Southern Tablelands Arts team developed many new programs as well as continuing to work on and develop other programs such as illuminARTe Wollondilly, Waste Free for Me, Maisie’s Choir, Wine Press, Global Sounds Regional Towns and the new Dancing for Well-being program. We are looking forward to the coming break but are sure we will hit the ground running when the office re-opens on the 23rd of January. The new year will see new projects and opportunities developed by Southern Tablelands Arts with new partnerships and also the completion of some of the longer running projects.

Save the date for the Great Southern Line Anzac Story commemorative Public Art Sculpture launch in Moss Vale on the Friday the 23rd of February 2018. We would like to thank all of you for supporting our programs, events and being a part of the vibrant and colourful arts community in the Southern Tablelands.

The office will be closed from the 20th of December 2017 until the 23 of January 2018.

We hope you have a wonderful and rejuvenating Christmas and new year break and we look forward to working with you again in 2018.

Jólabókaflóð (pron. Yo-La-bok-a-flot)
The Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð or the Christmas Book Flood has caught our attention this year, the idea of winding down with a good book being an enticing prospect. Iceland publishing more books per capita than any other nation with almost all new books are published in the Christmas season, between September and November. Everyone then curls up with some chocolate and reads for the evening (we’ll forgive you if its chocolate and Netflix though). The idea of a flood of new books to read and the time to read them sounds so appealing we can’t wait.

Lillie is currently devouring Mindhunter by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, a compelling story about the man who ushered in a new age in behavorial science and criminal profiling. Other books in her summer reading stack include The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr, a captivating ‘whydunnit’ story, cult classic The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and Girl In A Band by Sonic Youth and feminist icon, Kim Gordon. She has not stopped gushing about Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman, the story of a sudden and profound romance between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents Italian Riviera mansion and is telling everyone who will listen to hurry up and indulge in its world of turbulent yet powerful romance.

Giselle is looking forward to reading The Stranding by Karen Viggers one of our Wine Press authors having just finished both books written by LJM Owen in the Dr Pimms Inter-millennial Sleuth series. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish way to live well by Meik Witing is also on the wish list along with The Forgotten Heroes of Eureka by Clare Wright and some good crime fiction for lazy Sunday afternoons. She will also read Call Me By Your Name to keep Lillie happy.

Susan has been reading the books collected at this year’s Byron Writers Festival including books by Kim Mahood, Venkat Shyam, Mel Fong, Kenan Malik, Clementine Ford, Hannah Kent and Wine Press with 2 books each by LJM Owen’ and Karen Viggers just some of this year’s reading. She is looking forward to reading the Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy and Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and will hopefully have time to discover some new books over the summer break.

What are you hoping to read these holidays? Pop on to Facebook or Twitter to share your summer reading wish lists (because no one has just one list), Christmas traditions and pictures of your Jólabókaflóð.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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