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Author talk: The Red Witch with Nathan Hobby

Join Nathan live via Zoom at Bentleigh Library.

Novelist, journalist and activist Katharine Susannah Prichard (1883-1969) won fame for vivid novels that broke new ground depicting distinctly Australian ways of life and work - from Gippsland pioneers and West Australian prospectors to Pilbara station hands and outback opal miners. Her prize-winning debut The Pioneers made her a celebrity, but she later turned away from jaunty romances to write a trio of inter-war classics, Working BullocksCoonardoo and Haxby's Circus. 

This biography traces Prichard's journey from the genteel poverty of her childhood in Melbourne to her impulsive marriage to Victoria Cross winner Hugo Throssell, and finally on to her long widowhood as a 'red witch', marked out by her unconventional ways for the time.

Often forgotten, Prichard also spent the formative years of her life around Caulfield South, Ormond and Brighton, and Glen Eira Historical Society contributed to Nathan’s research for the book.

Join Nathan as he shares more about Prichard’s connection to Glen Eira, and some of the local research that didn’t make it into the final biography. Hosted by Glen Eira Historical Society.

Suitable for all ages. Free event but bookings essential.

This event will be held on Zoom with a live viewing at Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub.  Online participants will be sent a Webinar Zoom link upon registration.

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