Kate Lilley

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

Early life[edit]

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.

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


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

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




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