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Robyn Annear at Presgrave Place

Robyn Annear is a writer and historian whose meticulously researched books bring to life stories of the rich history of Melbourne. Join her at tucked-away Presgrave Place, famous for its connection to Cole’s Book Arcade and featured in her books City Lost & Found and Bearbrass.


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Robyn Annear

Best known for her books Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne and A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne, Robyn Annear is also the author of an unpublishable novel set in the city in 1893.

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We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us,’ Winston Churchill once said. In this special collaboration with Open House Melbourne, we’ll host intimate conversations with Melbourne writers in the local buildings and places that have shaped their work.

Hear from Chris Womersley in the Fitzroy apartment building that inspired his award-winning novel, Cairo, or Tony Birch at the Abbotsford Convent, discussing the origins of Ghost River. Robyn Annear will appear at tucked-away Presgrave Place arcade, famous for its connection to Cole’s Book Arcade and featured in Annear’s books City Lost & Found and Bearbrass. Keep an eye on our website for details about a rare opportunity to step inside a rarely seen corner of one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings, currently closed to the public for repair.

Each afternoon will include a talk, tour and treat, with afternoon tea included with your booking. Savour the unique atmosphere of some of Melbourne’s most beautiful and idiosyncratic buildings while listening to readings from your favourite books.


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