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Patricia Cornelius

On Monday night, playwright Patricia Cornelius was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Melbourne's Green Room Awards Association. Here is her acceptance speech in full.

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About the author

Patricia Cornelius is a founding member of Melbourne Workers Theatre. She’s a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She has written over 35 plays. She is a recipient of a Fellowship from the Theatre Board of the Australia Council, the 2003 Wal Cherry award, the 2006 Patrick White Playwright’s award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama (twice) and the NSW and Qld Premier’s literary awards, the Jill Blewett award, the 2009 Richard Wherrett Prize, the Australian Writers Foundation Playwriting award, the Mona Brand Award and numerous awgies.

Patricia’s novel, My Sister Jill (Random House) was published in 2002.

She is currently working on a major stage commission for the Melbourne Theatre Company and the screenplay Stolen with Catriona McKenzie.

Her published plays include Lilly and May, Do not go gentle…, The Berry Man, Love, The Call, Who’s Afraid of the Working Class, Boy Overboard, SHIT and Savages.