Posted by: Lisa Hill | May 24, 2022

Monday musings on Australian literature: The Red Witch

Check out this report of the online launch of Nathan Hobby’s The Red Witch, a Biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard, from Sue at Whispering Gums.

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Last week, I attended the online launch of Nathan Hobby’s biography, The red witch: A biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard. It was beautifully emceed by Lisa Hill, of ANZLitLovers, and involved three speakers, Karen Throssell, award-winning poet and the only grandchild of Prichard; Nathan Hollier, the publisher; and, of course, the author himself, Nathan Hobby.

A brief intro

Katharine Susannah Prichard
KSP, 1927/8 (Courtesy: State Library of NSW, via Wikimedia Commons)

Katharine Susannah Prichard (1883-1969) has to be among Australia’s most interesting and significant writers. I first read her in my teens when, keen on civil rights and concerned about racial discrimination, I read her novel Coonardoo. I loved it, though I’m sure my response was naive and typical of those earnest times. However, I never forgot Prichard.

She wrote thirteen novels, a memoir, plays, reportage, poetry and short stories. She won the Australian section of Hodder & Stoughton’s All-Empire…

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  1. “…It was beautifully emceed by Lisa Hill, of ANZLitLovers,” – YAY!!


  2. Finally, an Australian centric literature page. New follower here!


  3. It was a lovely launch, Lisa. Great speeches by Karen, Nathan and Nathan, and you did a great job.


    • Thank you Amanda!
      I was as nervous as a cut cat, but I shouldn’t have worried. If you have a great panel, and a wonderful audience, nothing can go wrong:)

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  4. Perhaps you should review “The Crime of Not Knowing Your Crime” by Karen Throssell.


    • I think I will, in due course. I have Ric Throssell’s account of things to read first!


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