Free Event

Do Oysters Get Bored? A curious life

Rozanna Lilley In Conversation with Dan Bourchier

Friday 24 August 2018
12 NOON – 1.00PM
4 National Circuit

A baby cries; a mother exits, leaving her family behind; a child finally begins to talk; a father stops breathing. In her new book, Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life, Rozanna Lilley writes about raising a son with autism and her relationship with her father, the poet Merv Lilley. She also writes candidly and passionately about her mother, the celebrated playwright Dorothy Hewett, who remains an enduring presence. Join local ABC Canberra newsreader and presenter Dan Bourchier as he explores the poetry and prose of a woman reflecting on her child's special journey and the effect of her own upbringing on her life now in middle age.

Rozanna Lilley is an author and an academic. Rozanna’s most recent book is a hybrid memoir, Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life explores the intersections between her own childhood and adolescent experiences and perceptions and those of her highly imaginative son, Oscar, diagnosed with autism. A shimmering examination of an eccentric family, Oysters addresses the complexities of care and the toll of grief in middle-age as the author deals with the decline and death of her parents.

Dan Bourchier is a multi-award winning multi-platform journalist with the ABC. He is a broadcaster and hosts a daily breakfast radio program on ABC Radio Canberra, and anchors ABC Canberra’s 7pm news. He has reported across the country and around the world for close to 20 years. He was driven to news and reporting from an early age, and began a traineeship at the Tennant and District Times as a teenager still at school. Dan is driven by giving voice to the voiceless, holding to account those in positions of power, and telling really great stories.