Magda Szubanski in conversation with Hannie Rayson

Presented by NORPA and Byron Writers Festival


‘If you had met my father you would never, not for an instant, have thought he was an assassin.’
Magda Szubanski

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory – one of Australia’s most beloved performers recently revealed her story in her extraordinary memoir Reckoning.

Come and hear Magda talk about her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family. With courage and compassion she addresses her own frailties and fears, and asks the big questions about life, about the shadows we inherit and the gifts we pass on.

Magda Szubanski is one of Australia’s best known and most loved performers. She talks to popular playwright Hannie Rayson about her award winning memoir, Reckoning.

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Praise for Reckoning

‘A brave and tender book about everything that matters most in life.’
Cate Blanchett

‘This is a remarkable memoir, that weaves the tragedy of twentieth century history into a personal narrative of coming to terms with family and self, and manages to honour both stories. The writing is assured and controlled, the storytelling expert and thoughtful, the language eloquent and moving. The writing, the story, the voice—all of it is beautiful.’
Christos Tsiolkas

‘Reckoning is a riveting, overwhelmingly poignant autobiography by a woman of genius…It is an extraordinary hymn to the tragic heroism at the heart of ordinary life and the soaring moral scrutiny of womankind. Every library should have it, every school should teach it.’
Weekend Australian

‘Unlike most autobiographies by famous people, Reckoning has substance beyond the writer’s fame…Szubanski’s fine memoir, written with great style, adds another layer to our history — another startling migrant story.’

‘Reckoning is a powerful, exquisitely written account of Szubanski’s loves and “lives” thus far.’
West Australian


All tickets are $30.
Tickets are for allocated (numbered) seating in the theatre.
No concessions.