The Dressmaker author to visit Sunbury

The woman behind a hit novel which has now been turned into a motion picture is set to visit Sunbury Library for a revealing author talk.

Rosalie Ham achieved stardom with her debut novel The Dressmaker, and she will visit Sunbury Library on Thursday 19 November 2015, from 6.30pm until 8.00pm.

The Melbourne writer has sold more than 75,000 books, and also wrote Summer at Mount Hope and There Should Be More Dancing.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said attendees at Rosalie’s talk would hear about a fascinating journey.

“Rosalie was a nurse for 21 years before she took on a novel course at university almost by accident,” Cr Atmaca said.

“The Dressmaker came about as she learnt the craft of writing at RMIT, and it’s a spectacular piece of work.

“Rosalie will speak at Sunbury Library on how she produced this debut novel and the way it became a motion picture, to screen in cinemas around Australia from late October.

“The talented writer features as an extra in the film, which was shot around Victoria and stars Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, and Liam Hemsworth.”

Rosalie Ham grew up on a farm in Jerilderie in NSW, and all of her books are set in small rural communities.

Each of her novels touches on themes that will be familiar to many, such as love, betrayal, and isolation.

Cr Atmaca said the author had developed a great reputation amongst readers around the world.

“Rosalie’s books have been translated into many different languages, including German and French,” he said.

“Many of the descriptions in her novels are comical, and some are also absurd, and they make a very entertaining read.

“Attendees at the Sunbury Library talk will be in for a treat because Rosalie is keen to give a real insight into her craft, with many years of experience as a literature teacher.”

People will be able to purchase copies of The Dressmaker at the event.

The talk is one of a wide variety of events that are organised for residents at the branches of Hume Libraries.

Regular activities include Storytime, homework clubs, and science classes, as well as Makers programs in which residents can learn how to construct robotics, study coding, and print 3D objects.

Sunbury Library is located at 44 Macedon Street, Sunbury, and more information about the talk by Rosalie Ham is available at

Posted on 12:00 AM, 22 October 2015

Updated : 11:51 AM, 22 October 2015

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