Miles Franklin was an enigma, writing her diaries in code to hide her thoughts from her mother. The code was recently cracked at the State Library of NSW.
Through the prism of their love/hate relationship, the play brings to life Miles’ stellar rise to fame as a young girl and why she was never able to repeat that success. We see her refusal to commit to marriage; her years in Chicago working alongside the Suffragettes, why she had to stay away from Australia for close to thirty years yet remained a trenchant nationalist who joined a pro-fascist group on her return.
Haunted by poverty and failure, she established the Miles Franklin Award that remains Australia’s highest literary prize.
Presented by Moira Blumenthal Productions.
Venue: Gallery Room, State Library
Dates & Times: Thurs 16 June 6pm; Sat 18 June 3pm & 6pm
Sun 19 June 3pm
Prices: Adult $50 / Concession: $45 / State Library Friend: $40
There will be a Q&A with the author after each staged reading performance.