Dorothy Hewett and the Terror of the First Trimester Biographies of Dorothy Hewett (1923–2002) usually include a short section like this: ‘In 1944 she married communist lawyer Lloyd Davies and had a son who died of leukemia at age three. The marriage ended in divorce in 1948, following Hewett’s departure to Sydney to live with Les Flood, a boilermaker, with whom she had three sons over five years.’ That was from Wikipedia. It’s just a few sentences, a handful of facts notable for many reasons, working backwards: the quick succession of births, the shift from a middle-class marriage into a […]
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‘With Complexity.’ So answered Kate Lilley upon being asked by Channel 10’s Lisa Wilkinson, ‘How do you hope your mother will be remembered?’ It seems a grounded and poignant response, given the abuse Kate and her sister Rozanna experienced as teenagers in the household of their parents Dorothy Hewett and Merv Lilley. Since the breaking interview with The Weekend Australian in June in which the sisters described how their mother encouraged sex with much older male visitors, Kate and Rozanna have received mixed reactions. From groups within the literary community, who apparently fear the besmirching of Hewett’s name and see […]
‘Foal’s Bread was not the kind of novel which could be knocked together in a year of unpaid leave.’ Jane Jervis-Read on Gillian Mears.
When I’m busy I become omnivorous in my reading habits. I graze on fiction and non-fiction, poetry and snippets of essays. I don’t engage in a long-term relationship but read for comfort, pleasure, reminders of what I love about words and humans and the world. I curl into bed at the end of a busy teaching day, grateful for the hours of silence and solitude ahead of me (albeit in sleep), and read just a few paragraphs, words or stanzas, before my eyes beg to close. A few old lovers have been inhabiting my bed at these hours. Joan Didion’s […]