Title Australian WWI fiction Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet Radio National, The Bookshelf Media type Radio Duration/Length/Size 30 mins+ Country Australia Date 9/11/18 Description Australian writers and poets began writing about the First World War in 1914, and have never stopped. Historian Christina Spittel (ADFA/ UNSW) is tracking that century of fiction, noting the ways in which the story and emphasis has changed. She joined Kate Evans and poet and memoirist Rozanna Lilley to discuss those shifts in memory and the imagination.
Rozanna Lilley's maternal grandfather fought in the First World War and her mother, the writer Dorothy Hewett, wrote a poem in 1960 that reflected on both his death and his war experience. The poem is called 'The Burial', and Rozanna read it for us.
Poetry that responds to that war is still being written, and Lilley herself contributed to a very recent collection, To End All Wars (Puncher and Wattman), and read that piece for us.
Producer/Author Australian Broadcasting Corporation URL https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-bookshelf/rn-armistice-100-the-bookshelf-friday-9-november-2018/10473588 Persons Kate Evans, Rozanna Lilley