Explore the 2024 Program

Sydney’s Bohemian Bee Miles

The untold story behind the colourful legend

Rose Ellis
Kate Grenville
Wednesday 22 May 2024
Event Code: 13

Discover the fascinating life of Bee Miles, a larger-than-life character who captivated mid-20th century Australia with her spectacular acts of defiance. 

Rose Ellis’ Bee Miles is the first full biography of the famous bohemian rebel. It details Bee’s journey from wealthy girlhood to moving in Sydney’s literary and artistic circles to sleeping rough on the city’s streets.

Rose is joined by Commonwealth Prize–winning author Kate Grenville, whose masterly debut novel, Lillian’s Story, was a bold and exuberant reimagining of Bee’s dramatic history.

Learn more about this fearless and uncompromising woman, whose legend still enthrals audiences today. With host Caroline Baum.

State Library of NSW, Library Auditorium
Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000