Title Rozanna's curious life Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet ABC Conversations Media type Radio Duration/Length/Size 53min 42s Country Australia Date 18/08/20 Description Rozanna Lilley was raised in a vibrant artistic family as the youngest child of the writers Merv Lilley and Dorothy Hewett.
As she grew up, her mother was becoming increasingly famous for her plays, and her novel Bobbin Up.
When Rose was 11 the family moved to Sydney.
The family home became a gathering place for poets, writers, artists and musicians, who came for drunken parties and often stayed the night.
As the parties swirled around her, Dorothy would hold court from a gold couch.
Sometimes older male visitors sexually exploited her daughters.
The abuse was normalised in the household, and no one ever asked Rose if she was okay.
As Rose grew up she struggled with the reality of her ‘carelessly broken childhood’.
As well, she created a life of her own as a poet and an academic, and a mum.
******A warning: this conversation deals directly with some very confronting material and may be distressing.
Producer/Author Australian Broadcasting Commission URL https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/rozanna-lilley/12547976 Persons Rozanna Lilley