Australian Heritage Festival – Stories from The Convent by Maureen McCarthy
For more than 100 years, the Abbotsford Convent was home to hundreds of women and children who lived behind its enclosed walls. At this special event, author Maureen McCarthy will give a reading from her novel 'The Convent', which captures these voices, followed by a short Q&A session.
Run by the Good Shepherd Order, at its peak, the Convent was the largest charitable institution in the southern hemisphere and housed hundreds of women and children. 'The Convent' explores some of this rich history by telling the story of four generations of women from the same family whose lives have intersected in different ways with the Convent. The novel draws on the life of her own mother and women like her, who were wards of the state living on-site. Join the author in the historic Convent building for a reading, followed by a short Q&A.
Maureen McCarthy has written more than a dozen novels, many of which have been published overseas and shortlisted for major awards. These include the In Between series and her much-loved bestseller, 'Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life' which was made into a highly successful four-part mini-series for ABC TV. Further novels include 'Rose by Any other Name', 'Somebody’s Crying' and her latest work 'Stay with Me'.
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