Greenmount: KSP Writers’ Centre hosting horse ‘tails’

Hugo Throssell with his wife Katharine Susannah Prichard and their son Ric Throssell at 11 Old York Road, circa 1924.
Hugo Throssell with his wife Katharine Susannah Prichard and their son Ric Throssell at 11 Old York Road, circa 1924.

WRITERS will share ‘tails’ of horsing around at the KSP Writers’ Centre in Greenmount on Sunday, as part of the Australian Heritage Festival.

KSP is collecting oral and written stories to form a Story Horse exhibition in collaboration with Mundaring Arts Centre.

Visitors can bring along an 800-word short story or one page poem about horses to share at the May 7 open day in celebration of KSP’s historic connection to horses.

The KSP board of management is interested to hear a variety of stories, whether funny or sad, poignant or nostalgic.

Centre Director Shannon Coyle said Hugo Throssell was a Light Horseman in World War I and lived at the property with his wife, the renowned Australian author Katharine Susannah Prichard.

“He also ran a rodeo right here at this centre,” she said.

“It makes sense that we collect stories at the same place that housed many of his beloved horses.

“A fun fact that we recently discovered is that Hugo named each one after Katharine’s books, such as Kiss on the Lips and Working Bullocks.”

KSP volunteers will film readings from 11am to noon and 2pm to 3pm and to participate, visitors are invited to follow the horseshoes to find the secret film location on the day.

Other activities will include guided heritage tours, local author signings, prose and poetry performances and for the young at heart, a Harry Potter treasure hunt.

There will also be a charity bake, a heritage plant stall and KSP gift vouchers and show-bags for sale.

KSP Writers’ Centre is in Old York Road next to the Hugo Throssell memorial on Great Eastern Highway, with car parking at the front and rear of the property.

For more details, visit www.kspwriterscentre.com.