Hello, Snowy Valleys

Next date: Sunday, 20 June 2021 | 12:00 AM to Sunday, 22 August 2021 | 11:59 PM

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Hello, Snowy Valleys! is a celebration of our region, its people and their stories. It is supported by Council, and run by award-winning playwright Hannie Rayson and ABC theatre-buff Michael Cathcart 

This initiative had been partly funded by the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund. 

It is in two parts.

1. A Life Writing Group

If you’re thinking about writing your own life story – or the story of someone close to you – this is the winter workshop for you. In a series of six group sessions, Michael and Hannie help you to identify your own stories, develop powerful techniques for writing them down, and help you to structure your book. They’ve helped hundreds of people to write their own life stories.

The Life Writing workshops will be held over six Sundays:

  • Batlow – Sunday 20 June
  • Tumbarumba – Sunday 27 June
  • Adelong – Sunday 4 July
  • Batlow - Sunday 11 July
  • Tumut – Sunday 18 July
  • Tumbarumba - Sunday 25 July

 Further information regarding times and venues will be announced soon


Cost is $120 per person and includes admission to all 6 workshops and refreshments.

To book email Council at [email protected] or call 1300 275 782 (1300 ASK SVC) during business hours.

2. Live performance of Hello, Snowy Valleys!

Maybe you would like to tell just one story about your life. Hannie and Michael will be looking for people to perform in a live show   They’ll help you develop that story with a group of other local story-tellers. The project will culminate in a live show called Hello, Snowy Valleys! The venue will be the Batlow Literary Institute. There’ll be three performances over the weekend of 21 August. You’ll need to be available during the preceding week for rehearsals.

To register your interest email Council at [email protected] or call 1300 275 782 (1300 ASK SVC) during business hours.

More about your hosts.

Hannie Rayson began her professional life in community theatre at Theatre Works in 1980. Since then, her plays have been produced throughout Australia and internationally. She works in theatre, film and television and writes a column for The Age newspaper.

But always her passion is to hear the stories of Australia told by Australians. In all their diversity.

“Hearing Aussies tell stories in our rich and colourful vernacular is one of life’s great pleasures. It’s how I met Michael and why we fell in love. We both love this stuff.”

Michael Cathcart is an award-winning historian, theatre director and ABC broadcaster. He is taking 10 weeks leave for the project.

Their mission is to create a piece of theatre about the Snowy Valleys; a tapestry of stories told by the people who live here. This will be a celebration of local life, fuelled by struggle, resilience, wit and tenderness. It is a story told by farmers, butchers, teachers, pickers, timber cutters – local people who are bearing witness to events great and small that have given this place its unique history.

Michael and Hannie are moving to the Snowy Valleys region for the duration of this project.



  • Sunday, 20 June 2021 | 12:00 AM - Sunday, 22 August 2021 | 11:59 PM

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