Honouring: Katharine Susannah Prichard

The Red Witch

In this final part of the program, biographer Nathan Hobby explores Katharine’s years as ‘The Red Witch’, from 1934 to her death in 1969, and the granddaughter of Katharine Susannah Prichard, poet Karen Throssell, reads two pieces inspired by her grandmother. 

Purchase Nathan’s biography The Red Witch here


Nathan Hobby is a writer, reader, and librarian living in Perth, Western Australia with his wife, Nicole and two young children. His novel, The Fur, won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award and was published by Fremantle Press in 2004. (Sadly, it is now out of print.) His is an honorary research fellow at the University of Western Australia and completed his PhD there in 2019, a biography of the early life of Katharine Prichard supervised by Tony Hughes D’Aeth and Van Ikin. He also holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing. He is the author of The Red Witch: A Biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard.

Karen Throssell is a Melbourne poet with five collections of poetry –The Old King and other poems (2003) Remembering how to cry (2004) Chain of Hearts (2013) all with Gininnderra Press. Motherhood Statement (2015) was self-published. The Dialectics of Rain (2019)  is also through Gininnderra Press. She has had poems published in various journals and anthologies including Overland, Westerly, Quadrant and Meanjin and been shortlisted for both the Society of Women Writer’s Book of the Year Award and the Dorothy Hewett award for an unpublished manuscript for a work of creative non-fiction. Her latest book of creative non-fiction  (The Crime of not Knowing your Crime- Ric Throssell versus ASIO) will be published by Interventions Press in early 2020. She has taught Creative Writing for the last ten years.

Follow Nathan Hobby via his blog, and on Twitter under Nathan Hobby or Katharine Susannah Prichard. Purchase Nathan’s biography The Red Witch here

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