Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife

Today’s episode features Leah Purcell discussing her new novel The Drover’s Wife.

Leah Purcell

Leah is a Goa, Gunggari, Wakka Wakka woman. She’s a director and actor whose work you may have caught in films like Lantana and Jindabyne. In 2016 Purcell wrote and produced the award winning play The Drover’s Wife for Belvoir St Theatre. Today Leah is joining me to discuss her novelisation of the The Drover’s Wife.

The Drover’s Wife

Set in 1892, The Drover’s Wife is a reimagining of the popular Henry Lawson short story. That story forms a reminiscence of Molly Johnson; Purcell’s protagonist. Molly lives in the high country with her four children while her husband is off droving. The family have a simple life; a one room house and a packed dirt floor and Molly is expecting her fifth child. As she approaches her due date though Molly is faced with extraordinary challenges as an aboriginal man, on the run from the law, appears at her door…

Join me as we discover Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife

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