The Dark Side of the Opera theatrical book launch

The Dark Side of the Opera theatrical book launch

The Dark Side of the Opera book launch and theatrical performance went off with pizzazz in front of a crowd of more than 60 attendees at the Nita McCrae Park's Abraham Mott Hall on Saturday night. Experimental in nature, the show stretched the audience's understanding of what a multi-media artist and poet can achieve in working on the themes of a poetry collection to apply the ideas to other arts, such as video, dance and song. The cycle of poems within the collection on which the show was based is called Tales of Morgana. Poet and novelist, Ferdinando Manzo, directed the show …
And let them have dominion

And let them have dominion

'And let them have dominion ...' A quote taken from the Bible - where dominion means dominance or supremacy or government and which might be interpreted to include care. ‘When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to him who suffers, and try to help him.’ – Leo Tolstoy In a small Victorian town by the sea, I was sitting out the front of my favourite café, which just happens to be next to a butcher shop. Twenty minutes earlier, two farmers had pulled up directly in front of the sign advertising ‘fresh meats’. The farmers were taking a calf called Nyo Nyo to an agricultural show. …
Theatrical performance based on poetry

Theatrical performance based on poetry

Theatrical performance based on poetry SSOA author Ferdinando Manzo’s latest poetry collection has been featured in an Italian magazine article. The magazine has reported on the theatrical performance Manzo is to direct at Millers Point next month in conjunction with the launch of his poetry collection, ‘The Dark Side of the Opera’. The performance will combine music, dance and recorded videos on the themes of life and love, based on poems in the collection. …
A TASTE FOR DIAMONDS

A TASTE FOR DIAMONDS

A TASTE FOR DIAMONDS BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION Diane Harding’s latest novel  A Taste for Diamonds looked dramatic lining the bookshelves of Harry Hartog’s Bookstore at Warringah Mall when it was launched a few nights ago. Ferdinando Manzo had designed the cover to capture the passion of tango – that same passion that can create a desire for diamonds. About sixty people including friends, reviewers, customers and members of SSOA’s writers groups attended the book launch. …
The Quiet American Re-viewing a classic text

The Quiet American Re-viewing a classic text

The Quiet American Re-viewing a classic text. What's been your book of choice over the balmy days of summer - some of them balmy, anyway? If you're used to reading emails for work, writing emails for work and playing with a substantial number of words every day (social media, crosswords, shopping lists!), on holiday break you tend to miss them like best friends. The perfect antidote to your loneliness? Holidays are when you can indulge yourself and go wild reading all the books you've put off reading all year. And that's just one part of what I did during my break! Along with walks in parks with new family members and savouring the tastes of Peruvian cuisine, from yellow potatoes and purple corn to ceviche (lime juice-cured ocean fish fillets). Arriving back in my home away from home, the books at my bedside were always a treat. That first day in my holiday space I'd looked along an unfamiliar but promising bookshelf and immediately spotted a copy of Graham Greene's The Quiet American - a classic that I'd read in my teens and remembered for its setting - Vietnam mid-1950s - but couldn't really remember the storyline. Worth a second plunge, I thought - and turns out I couldn't have been more intuitive. …
Tracey Emin latest artwork Distance of your Heart

Tracey Emin latest artwork Distance of your Heart

What fun to attend the unveiling of Tracey Emin’s artworks as part of the City of Sydney’s City Art project! There was a sudden gap in the rainy morning, a large happy crowd at that little oasis in the heart of colonial Sydney, Macquarie Place Park, and Ms Emin was welcomed by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Emin's artworks consist of 62 small handmade bronze birds, which have now been installed discreetly around Macquarie Place Park: under benches, on the cornices of sandstone buildings, on the obelisk designed by Sydney’s original convict architect, Francis Greenaway. The obelisk is called ‘Obelisk of Distances’ and inscribes the distances between Sydney and landmarks in NSW, and even England itself, (what most colonists saw as ‘home’). Ms Emin described her artworks as giving messages of comfort and hope for all those who feel the effects of distance,  in all its connotations. …
Magic in the universe Stephen Hawking dies

Magic in the universe Stephen Hawking dies

Magic in the universe comes to our attention far too infrequently. Not so for Stephen Hawking, who died yesterday after a  lifetime of studying the planets, stars and black holes that make up the universe and trying to decipher its wonders through higher mathematics. Then, attempting to explain its laws in lay language for the benefit of the rest of us non-astronomers and non-astrophysicists. …