Her Brilliant Career
by Alice Spigelman
Miles Franklin was an enigma, until someone managed to crack the code in which she wrote her desperate, hilarious diaries to hide the writings from her mother.
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 it. 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.
Listen to the writer, Alice Spigelman, discuss the background to her new piece about Miles Franklin, the author of My Brilliant Career.
Join us at the Library for a special preview of the 2022 production of Her Brilliant Career, with a series of staged reading performances.
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 performance