$45 – $85

The Price of the Writing Life

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Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar

Level 1, Crown Metropol Hotel

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank (Entrance near Clarendon Street)

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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The Price of the Writing Life: Celebrating the Work of George Johnston and Charmian Clift - with Martin Flanagan

Charmian Clift and George Johnston were the power couple of Australian literature in the mid 20th century. He was a celebrated war correspondent who went on to become a great novelist. She was a pioneering feminist whose newspaper columns and books transformed the landscape for a generation of women.

On the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in the 1950s and 60s, in company with Leonard Cohen and other literary luminaries, they wrote some of their best work – before their world fell apart. Clift died from an overdose of sleeping pills in 1969. Johnston was dead a year later.

Johnston and Clift were devoted to their writing. It enriched their lives but, ultimately, was instrumental in their self-destruction. Was it worth it? And what is the cost for others dedicated to a life of writing?

Half a century after their deaths, join us to celebrate two brilliant careers with Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell – authors of Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955-1964 – in conversation with Martin Flanagan. The event will also feature a digital exhibition of photos - and the brilliant Erica Bramham performing songs of Leonard Cohen.


Date & Time
Friday 24 May 2019, 12:15 to 2:00pm

Venue
Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar
Level 1, Crown Metropol Hotel
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank

Cost
$65 MPC members; $85 non-members; $45 students
Includes two courses and a drink
(All prices are GST inclusive)

Bookings
RSVP by Tuesday 21 May 2019

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Where is Mr. Hive?

Mr Hive is located on the first floor of the Crown Metropol Hotel. The address is 8 Whiteman Street, and the nearest outdoor entrance is at the corner of Whiteman Street and Clarendon Street.

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Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar

Level 1, Crown Metropol Hotel

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank (Entrance near Clarendon Street)

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Australia

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