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EVENT: Hannie Rayson and Michael Cathcart in Conversation
VENUE: St. Hotel – Upstairs
ADDRESS: 54 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
DATE: Thursday 4th October 2018
TIME: 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

One of Australia's leading playwrights (if not the best) Melbourne's Hannie Rayson,will be in conversation with the ABC's long-time literary critic, Michael Cathcart.

Hannie will read from some of her selected work, and her work includes, apart from a list of often-performed plays around the country, the film Hotel Sorrento, which won an AFI Award for best sreenplay.

Michael is no stranger to interviewing great writers – it’s what he does on the ABC, and indeed, as an historian, has written lauded works on Australian historical moments.


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Hannie Rayson is one of Australia’s most celebrated playwrights. Hannie is the co-founder of the community theatre group in St Kilda, Theatreworks, and has been writer-in-residence at Geelong’s Mill Theatre, Playbox Theatre and La Trobe University, which awarded her an Honorary Doctorate.

Hannie wrote the noted play, Hotel Sorrento, which was awarded the NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 1991. The film of the play, directed by Richard Franklin, won an AFI Award for best screenplay. Hannie Rayson was born in Melbourne, a graduate of Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts.


Micahel cathcart

Michael Cathcart is a writer and broadcaster. He is the host of The Hub: On Stage at ABC Radio National, where he has been a presenter since 2000. He has also worked as a theatre director, dramaturge and lectured in Australian studies at the University of Melbourne.

His book The Water Dreamers: The Remarkable History of Our Dry Continent (Text) won the Colin Roderick Award for best Australian book and was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His most recent publication, Starvation in a Land of Plenty (National Library of Australia), tells the story of the life and death of the explorer William Wills. Michael has also presented several TV documentaries about Australian history

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