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Selected Poems of Dorothy Hewett

Kate Lilley

Frequently referred to as the ‘grande dame of Australian literature’, leading Australian literary figure, Dorothy Hewett is remembered and rediscovered in this very personal book of selected poetry.

Compiled and intimately introduced by Dorothy’s daughter, the poet and literary scholar Kate Lilley, Selected Poems of Dorothy Hewett encapsulates Hewett’s enduring themes of grief, loss, despair and memory, and is the first volume to be published following Hewett’s death in 2002.

Hewett had a long and frequently controversial career, spending her childhood on a remote wheat and sheep farm in Wickepin, Western Australia, and her adult life in Perth and Sydney involved in the tumult of politics and writing. She produced 12 collections of poetry, three novels, an autobiography, 13 plays and many articles and short stories.

Also in UWA Publishing’s Dorothy Hewett series: Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett (2011) and Wild Card: An Autobiography 1923-1958 (2012).

Kate Lilley


Kate Lilley was born in 1960 and grew up in Perth and Sydney. After completing her PhD on Masculine Elegy at the University of London she spent four years as a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford...

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Shortlisted – 2010 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards

Praise for Selected Poems of Dorothy Hewett:

The selection is inspired, lively and elegant, a showcase of Hewett’s innovations and great depth.

— Jan Hallam, The Age

This book is an extraordinary act of editorial artistry.

— Australian Book Review




Paperback, 234 x 153 mm
160 pages





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