Australian WWI fiction

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    Invited guest on Radio National's The Bookshelf on Friday 9 November to discuss war poetry and fiction.


    World War I and literary representations of war, including a reading of a poem by my mother, Dorothy Hewett, and another poem written by me that is published in an anthology of war poetry.

    Period9 Nov 2018

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    • TitleAustralian WWI fiction
      Degree of recognitionNational
      Media name/outletRadio National, The Bookshelf
      Media typeRadio
      Duration/Length/Size30 mins+
      DescriptionAustralian 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/AuthorAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
      PersonsKate Evans, Rozanna Lilley