Kate Lilley

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Kate Lilley (born 1960) is a contemporary Australian poet and academic.

Early life

Kate Lilley was born in Perth, Western Australia and moved to Sydney with her family. She is the daughter of writers Dorothy Hewett and Merv Lilley, and sister of Rozanna Lilley.[1]

After studying at the University of Sydney she completed a PhD at University of London on masculine elegy.


Lilley published Versary[2], her first volume of poems, in 2002, and Ladylike[3] in 2012. She is Associate Professor of English at The University of Sydney. Lilley edited The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish (Penguin Classics, 1994)[4]. In 2010 she edited Selected Poems of Dorothy Hewett for UWA Press[5].

Lilley has a "featured cameo" as Vera Newby in the film The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith.



  • Versary. (Salt, 2002) ISBN 1-876857-15-3 review
  • Round Vienna. (Vagabond Press, 2011) review
  • Ladylike. (UWA Publishing, 2012) review
  • Tilt. (Vagabond, 2018) ISBN 9781922181879 review


Awards and recognition

External links

  • [1] Australian Poetry Library
  • [2] Staff Profile
  • Kate Lilley Contents page Poems & essays at Australian Literature Resources
  • Poems
  • 2 short poems at Snorkel Magazine
  • Kate Lilley: Sydney Poet an interview


  1. ^ Nichols, Claire (2018-06-21). "How should we recast Dorothy Hewett in the age of #MeToo?". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  2. ^ http://jacketmagazine.com/18/wilk-lilley.html Unmodern Verse: John Wilkinson reviews Versary, by Kate Lilley
  3. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/what-it-means-to-be-a-woman-20120711-21wx1.html What it means to be a woman: Gig Ryan reviews Ladylike, by Kate Lilley
  4. ^ https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/260930/the-blazing-world-and-other-writings-by-margaret-cavendish/9780140433722/ The Blazing World and Other Writings by Margaret Cavendish
  5. ^ https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/selected-poems-of-dorothy-hewett Selected Poems of Dorothy Hewett
  6. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced". Books+Publishing. 2018-12-12. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  • Kate Lilley Contents page

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