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Leading Australian literary figure, Dorothy Hewett is remembered and rediscovered in this very personal book of selected poetry.
Compiled by Dorothy’s daughter, the poet and literary scholar Kate Lilley, Selected Poems encapsulates Hewett’s enduring themes of grief, loss, despair and memory.
This is the first volume to be published following Hewett’s death in 2002 and features an intimate introduction by Kate.
Hewett spent her childhood on a remote wheat and sheep farm in Wickepin, Western Australia, and her adult life in Perth and Sydney involved in the tumult of politics and writing.
She produced 12 collections of poetry, three novels, an autobiography, 13 plays and many articles and short stories. Her impact on Australian writing was recognised when she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to literature in 1986.
Most recently the success around Wesley Enoch’s new production of Man from Mukinupin at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney has renewed interest in Hewett’s life and work.
Kate Lilley - Kate is Dorothy Hewett’s daughter and was born in 1960 and grew up in Perth and Sydney. After completing her PhD on Masculine Elegy at the University of London she spent four years as a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University. Since 1990 she has taught feminist literary history and theory at the University of Sydney and has published widely on early modern women’s writing and contemporary poetry. She is the editor of Margaret Cavendish, The Blazing World and Other Writings (Penguin). Her first volume of poetry, Versary, was published by Salt Modern Poets (Cambridge) in 2002 and awarded numerous prizes internationally.
Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections, a critical monograph, and the novels Black Mirror, Sixty Lights, Dreams of Speaking and Sorry. Shortlisted three times for the Miles Franklin Award, her prizes include the WA Premier's Award for Fiction, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Age Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction and the ASAL Gold Medal. She has also been shortlisted for international awards, including the IMPAC and the Prix Femina. Her fiction has been translated into nine languages. She is Professor in the Writing and Society Research Group at UWS.
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