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Kate Lilley (1960 – )

Kate Lilley, photo by John Tranter Kate Lilley, photo by John Tranter

Kate Lilley was born in Perth in 1960, the daughter of Dorothy Hewett and Merv Lilley. She grew up in Perth and Sydney, and began to write poetry in her teenage years. She completed a B.A. at the University of Sydney, and subsequently gained a PhD at the University of London. After spending four years as a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University she returned to Australia, and since 1990 she has taught in the English Department at the University of Sydney.

Lilley has published widely on early modern women’s writing and contemporary poetry, and her own poems have appeared in a number of Australian and international literary journals. Her first poetry collection, Versary, was published in 2002.

Poetry Collections
  • Versary (Applecross, W.A.: Salt Publishing, 2002).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Pam Brown, ‘Jumbling the Traditions,’ Southerly 63.3 (2003): pp. 164–67.
  • Kate Lilley, ‘Descending,’ School Days (Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Press, 2006): pp. 168–72
  • John Wilkinson, ‘Unmodern Verse,’ Jacket 18 (2002), online, http://jacketmagazine.com/18/wilk-lilley.html