It's been a great year for NM and we have lots to celebrate after our hugely successful September funding drive. To thank you for your support during 2012, we have a fantastic selection of prizes to give away, including double packs of Peter Lehmann wine, tickets to the opera, and a season pass to the 2013 IQ2 debate series in Sydney.
There's also a selection of anthologies showcasing the best of Australian writing and cartooning in 2012, tickets to the upcoming films Samsara and Zero Dark Thirty, and more.
See below for more details about the prizes and how to win.
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Enjoy and we hope you have a happy festive season!
OPERA: End the year on a high note with Madama Butterfly
Puccini's Madama Butterfly is one of the world's most popular operas, and this is one of Opera Australia's most celebrated productions featuring Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura in the title role. Perfect for the first time opera-goer, this production blends exquisite costumes and stylish set designs with some of the most moving music ever written.
Fruit from more than 60 growers across the length and breadth of the Barossa makes up the final blend from the heart of the Barossa, affording consistency to the original Peter Lehmann style: robust and generous. The outstanding 2010 vintage is a deep red/black colour with a rich bouquet of chocolate and black forest fruits. This is a full bodied wine with soft, velvet tannins and long finish.
Located at the beautiful City Recital Hall Angel Place, in Sydney's CBD, the IQ2 debates require you to leave your preconceptions at home! This double pass to provides you and a friend* with five challenging nights of information, entertainment and participation. The 2013 debate topics are as controversial as always including: 'Muslims should embrace freedom of speech — even if it insults the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him)' and 'It's ok for athletes to use performance enhancing drugs'.
*Tickets are transferable (you can share the experience with five different friends).
Cardia Momenta is Kyla's creative wonderland of greeting cards, prints and original art works on paper. The designs are either risographs or full colour prints on eco paper, derived from her original artworks, collage and fabrics. Kyla's style is intuitive, spontaneous, intricate and meditative. She also produces larger limited edition risograph prints.
BOOK: The year in politics as seen by Australia's best political cartoonists
Look back at the year with a wry smile, a belly-laugh and your copy of Best Australian Political Cartoons 2012, edited by Russ Radcliffe.
With Dean Alston, Peter Broelman, Warren Brown, Pat Campbell, Andrew Dyson, John Farmer, firstdogonthemoon, Matt Golding, Fiona Katauskas, Mark Knight, Jon Kudelka, Bill Leak, Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Vince O'Farrell, Ward O'Neill, Bruce Petty, David Pope, David Rowe, John Spooner, Ron Tandberg, Andrew Weldon, Cathy Wilcox, Paul Zanetti, and many more ...
BOOK: The Best Australian Short Stories 2012
Black Inc. is giving two lucky New Matilda supporters a copy of The Best Australian Short Stories 2012, edited by Sonya Hartnett.
This is the country's premier annual collection of fiction. Sonya Hartnett selected 32 remarkable stories that roam widely in subject and style, but share "a delicate complexity and a vibrant cleverness". There is dark humour, stealthy and unsettling, and moments of terror, whimsy, romance and surprise. What unites them is a steadfast commitment to the storyteller's art: the art of making the reader want to turn the page.
BOOK: The Best Australian Essays 2012
You can win one of two copies of The Best Australian Essays 2012, edited by Ramona Koval.
The Best Australian Essays 2012 presents the country's most eloquent voices at the peak of their powers. Helen Garner, Anna Krien and Romy Ash discuss animals; David Marr, Rhys Muldoon and James Button discuss those of the political variety. Peter Robb meets Akira Isogawa, J.M. Coetzee considers Les Murray's black dog, and Gillian Mears her award-winning novel. It also features essays by John Bryson, Louis Nowra, Lee Kofman's, Andrew Ford, Maria Tumarkin, Clive James and Nick Bryant. These are essays full of insight and wit, on the subjects that moved us in 2012.
BOOKS The Best Australian Poems 2012
Win a copy of the best Australian poetry of the year, as picked by John Tranter
John Tranter weaves many threads into a portrait of Australian poetry in 2012. Emerging poets sit alongside the celebrated, travelling from Lake Havasu City to Graz, and nursing homes to fairgrounds, with characters as diverse as David Bowie, Emily Dickinson and Rumpelstiltskin. The Best Australian Poems 2012 will satisfy a hunger for storytelling and a yearning for beauty.
FILM: A new global cinematic experience, Samsara
Win one of 10 double in-season passes to see Samsara, in cinemas nationally from 26 December.
The team behind Baraka reunites for another journey around the world in Samsara, an unparalleled sensory experience. Shot for over four years and across 26 countries, the film transports us through multiple cultures to sacred grounds, disaster sites, industrialised zones and natural wonders. Through powerful, breathtaking images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score, Samsara shows how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. For filmgoers who cherished the revelations of Baraka almost 20 years ago, Samsara proves to be worth the wait.
FILM: The greatest manhunt in history, Zero Dark Thirty
Win one of 15 double in season passes to Zero Dark Thirty, the behind the scenes story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, in cinemas from 31 January 2013.
The film chronicles the declassified story of the relentless pursuit by an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe for over 10 years to identify the whereabouts of the most wanted man on the planet. Director, Kathryn Bigelow, and writer, Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), have again joined forces to bring to life the intricate back-story and gripping reality behind the raid on 2 May 2011 that saw the U.S. Navy's Seal Team Six identify and execute Osama bin Laden.
MUSIC: Soulful singer Miriam Lieberman and band perform live
Two double passes are available for music loving New Matilda supporters to see Miriam Lieberman live at 505, 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, on Saturday 8 December.
Take a heavy dose of West African musical sensibility, add a dash of Brazilian rhythms with folk music stylings and you get an idea of what this exceptional singer songwriter brings to the table. She accompanies her soulful vocals with Kora (21 string African harp) and percussive guitar. With rich vocal harmonies and dance inspiring African rhythm's this music is a true cross cultural hybrid.
"Lieberman is a robust singer with a sensual yet brittle undertone. Her songs are beautifully melodic, richly textured but can have pointed themes. Simply brilliant."
Jeff Glorfeld, The Age.