visual narrative based on his life. It started in 2007 when Parke began a journey to excavate childhood memories relating to his mother, who died when he was young. The Black Rose, including Cockatoo backyard (2011, pictured), is a meditation on the meaning of life as it appears in seemingly random acts of chance and coincidence that occur on a daily basis. These moments become entwined within a larger narrative. Stills Gallery, 36 Gosbell Street, Paddington. Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm. Inquiries: (02) 9331 7775 or online. Until November 7.
Ginger Meggs Muse Recently opened bookshop and wine bar Muse will host a series of literary events, inviting prominent writers to debate and discuss literature, politics and the arts. Upcoming guests include Wendy Whiteley and Janet Hawley on October 20, novelist Charlotte Wood on October 25, and Benjamin Law, Todd Alexander and Frank Bongiorno in November. Muse, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston. Various session times. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 6178 0024.