Sunday 6 October 2019 - from 10.00am


The KSP Foundation, with support from the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries, and the Shire of Mundaring, are pleased to present this special FREE community event to commemorate the 50th anniversary since author Katharine Susannah Prichard passed away. 

Vale Katharine

1883 - 1969

Free Event Activities

KSP Cafe with free tea and coffee and jazz playlist on the balcony

Sausage sizzle lunch and charity bake sale with delicious home-baked treats

Do the Charleston like KSP - interactive dance demonstration

Wild Weeds & Windflowers: Free guided heritage garden tour (morning)

Secrets, Scandals & Stories: Free guided heritage property tour (afternoon)

Historic displays, giveaways and exhibitions

Special guest talks

Announcement of KSP commemorative anthology competition winners, plus book launch

KSP Community Choir performance with Bernard Carney

Scroll to the bottom of the page for full schedule of events



Event highlight: Potchnagoola, a one-act commemorative play by Louise Helfgott

Note: This is a paid activity. Ticket bookings are essential, $25 each, limited seating.

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Potchnagoola - One Act Play


This unique play - ‘Potchnagoola’ - will commemorative one of WA's most distinguished authors, Katharine Susannah Prichard, for the 50th anniversary of her death as part of The Colours of Katharine event. Three showings only.


Event: Potchnagoola, one-act commemoration play

Occasion: 50th anniversary of Katharine’s death

Dates: Sat 5 October at 6pm; Sun 6 October at 3pm; Sun 6 October at 6pm

Tickets: $25 via Humanitix plus $1.99 booking fee (or phone KSP directly on 9294 1872 to book)

In order to celebrate this 50th anniversary milestone, Katharine's memory and her work, the Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation has commissioned a one-act play about the unlikely but firm friendship between the aging writer and the teenaged musical prodigy, David Helfgott. Written by David’s sister, well-known and awarded playwright Louise Helfgott, the play will be presented at the KSP Writers’ Centre in October 2019 as part of an exciting ‘Colours of Katharine’ community event to honour our Centre’s namesake.

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Colours of Katharine Event - Sunday 6 October

Schedule of Proceedings


10.00 AM    Chairperson welcome to guests followed by special guest Welcome to Country


10.10 AM    Katharine Susannah Until the End: KSP in 1969. Special guest talk by Nathan Hobby.

Katharine Susannah Prichard had begun to seem frailly invincible by 1969, the year she died. Having survived a stroke and published a novel in her eighties, she was still writing, still hosting visitors from around the world, and still keeping up her keen interest in world affairs. In this talk, her biographer Nathan Hobby traces the final stage of Katharine's life through her weekly letters to her son, Ric, giving a picture of her daily life at 11 Old York Road Greenmount, as well as reflecting on the meaning of death for a biographer. 


10.50 PM    'Colours of Katharine' commemorative anthology launch, including author readings and announcement of winners from judges Nathan Hobby and Shey Marque. To be launched by special guest Karen Throssell, grand-daughter of Katharine and Hugo.


11.30 AM    Guided heritage garden tour: 'Wild Weeds & Windflowers' Walk with Fern Pendragon

12.00-2.00 PM    Sausage sizzle lunch 

12.15 PM    Book talk with Dylan Hyde: Art Was Their Weapon: the History of the Perth Workers' Art Guild (Fremantle Press, 2019)


The Workers’ Art Guild was a radical cultural and political force in Perth in the 1930s and 1940s, embracing new ideas in a provincial, isolated city. The Guild’s innovative approaches to theatre and art were praised by critics, but its left-wing politics, influenced by the Communist Party of Australia, were denounced by many. Police and intelligence officers kept close tabs on the Guild, censoring its activities and intimidating and jailing its members in the lead-up to World War II.

Through the lives of its key players, such as writer Katharine Susannah Prichard and theatre maverick Keith George, Art Was Their Weapon illuminates a fascinating era in Western Australian history.

1.00 PM    Poets @ KSP anthology launch and poetry readings. Launched by Shane McCauley.

1.45 AM    Charleston dance demonstration on front verandah

2.15 PM    Guided heritage tour: 'Secrets, Scandals & Stories' with Agnes O'Kane

3.00 PM   Louise Helfgott speaks about her inspiration behind the writing of 'Potchnagoola'.


3.10 PM    FEATURE PLAY SHOWING: Potchnagoola. (TICKETED) Book your seat here

4.25 PM    KSP Choir Performance of ‘Na Luve Ni Cava’ led by Bernard Carney.

4.30 PM    Close of event.

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