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Hannie Rayson

Playwright Hannie Rayson is a much-loved Australian institution. The Age has called her ‘Melbourne’s most influential playwright’. Theatre critic, Helen Thomson, has labelled her Australia’s leading playwright in ‘capturing the zeitgeist’. 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. From a childhood in Brighton to a urinary tract infection in Spain, from a body buried under the house to a play on a tram, she shares a hilarious (and often dramatic) behind-the-scenes look at the life of an Australian success story.

Arrive 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

Who?

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

What do good books and good wine have in common? They’re full of personality, and they can be the start of a great conversation. 

From March to November, the literary meets the culinary at Books and Ideas at Montalto. In Red Hill, on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – accompanied by excellent food and wine, a relaxed setting and the sparkle of Melbourne in the distance.

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