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Hannie Rayson

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Playwright Hannie Rayson is a much-loved Australian institution. She made history when her stage hit Life After George became the first play to be shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, and her first major success, Hotel Sorrento was made into a feature film and is a staple of VCE reading lists. She has also written for television, including popular hit Sea Change.

In her long-awaited memoir, Hello Beautiful, Hannie presents scenes from her own life, with all the insight, wit and narrative flair she has perfected in her plays. In this conversation with writer, director and broadcaster Lorin Clarke, she shares insights from this hilarious (and often dramatic) behind-the-scenes look at the life of an Australian success story.

In partnership with Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove.


Portrait of Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson is a playwright and screenwriter best known for Hotel Sorrento.

Portrait of Lorin Clarke

Lorin Clarke

Lorin Clarke is a writer, director and broadcaster. She has written for stage, television, print and radio and is the television columnist for the Big Issue. Lorin co-presents the daily Stupidly Small podcast with Stew Farrell.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

A series of thoughtful conversations about Australian literature – away from the city, at Montalto on the Mornington Peninsula.