Rozanna's curious life

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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.

Subject

biography

Period18 Aug 2020

Media coverage

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Media coverage

  • TitleRozanna's curious life
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletABC Conversations
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size53min 42s
    CountryAustralia
    Date18/08/20
    DescriptionRozanna 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/AuthorAustralian Broadcasting Commission
    URLhttps://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/rozanna-lilley/12547976
    PersonsRozanna Lilley