An Evening with Rosalie Ham a success!

Published on 26 June 2017

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An evening with Rosalie Ham A SUCCESS!
Media Release

Over 100 people attended the Sir John Gorton library this week to hear from acclaimed author Rosalie Ham, who wrote award winning novel ‘The Dressmaker’.

Manager Library Services Kerri Sidorow said it was wonderful to see so many people make an effort to dress in the theme of the 1950’s to celebrate the occasion.

“Rosalie bought a wonderful authenticity to her visit and had the audience engaged from her very first word right through to the end of the evening,” Ms Sidorow said.

“Attendees got to hear from Rosalie about her country upbringing which provided the inspiration for her novel, and the childhood friendship that helped bring the film to fruition.

From her childhood in Jerilderie, through to walking the red carpet in New York, Rosalie shared the ups and downs, the hilarity and humbleness that comes from writing an award winning novel and having it transformed into a feature film with Hollywood actors Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth, as well as many other significant Australian actors.

“I came back from travelling overseas with a broken heart and found that I could study at university (thanks to Gough Whitlam), so I enrolled in Drama and Literature,” she explains.

“They told me I would never get my first novel published so I put everything in to The Dressmaker – from love, sex, drug use, cross dressing to football and haute couture.” 

Rosalie was visiting Gannawarra Library Service as part of the State Library of Victoria's High Road to Reading program.

“High Road to Reading brings authors to Victorian public libraries – whatever your reading passion, you’ll find an event to entertain and inspire you,” Ms Sidorow explains.

Rosalie stayed after the presentation to sign books and DVD’s of attendees as well as posing for photographs with the frocked up and fabulous people who came along!

For more information please contact Council on 5450 9333 or visit council’s website


Date: 26 June 2017

Media contact: Katrina Thorne T. 03 5450 9333 M. 0409 616 627