Jumpin’ Jazz, Evocative Reading and Fine Films




Why flit off to the jazz clubs of Manhattan when you can pop out to WAAPA for a blast of world-class sound?

We did just that the other evening, catching the inimitable Barney McAll in concert. The ARIA-Award winning Australian pianist and composer has been running sessions at WA’s renowned academy, and what a night it was.

Barney has been called ‘masterful’ by numerous critics and his talents, along with those of the WAAPA students who joined him on stage, shone through during the dynamic, two-hour concert at the Geoff Gibbs Theatre.




Margot has been happily buried in the pages of Audrey Magee’s latest novel, The Colony. She was most impressed with the lyrical, rich and emotionally powerful novel. In it, two men arrive on a remote Irish island in the late 1970s attempting to catch its essence, but the islanders have their own views about the visitors. Margot’s review of The Colony is in this edition.

Ros has been in front of the big silver screen taking in Sundown, directed by Michel Franco and starring Tim Roth. It follows the adventures and shenanigans of a wealthy English family on a luxury holiday in Acapulco. Not everything is as it seems and the plot thickens. Ros also headed back to the flicks to see Operation Mincemeat, now showing. Both reviews are in this issue.



If it’s recipes you’re after, Postal Bakes is a super cookbook to have on hand in  these pandemic times. Lucy Burton has created a cookbook with recipes for more than 60 cakes, cookies and other treats that can be mailed to loved ones. In the book, she also shares how to pack baked goods so they look beautiful and arrive in one piece. We feature the recipe for her delish Hazelnut and Honey Nougat. (Frankly, we doubt this nutty, crunchy treat would even make it out of Starfish HQ to the post box )



Margot also headed out to the cinema to review the  latest movie from prolific director Francois Ozon, Everything Went Fine. “For a film about a man who wants to die, I found it surprisingly touching, funny and enjoyable,” says Margot. What a way to go!



Enjoy this edition – Peter and Jacqui