Centre for Stories

All About My Father

Lucy Dougan and Lisa Collyer in conversation and poetry readings inspired by their Italian paternity experienced at a distance.


Dec 3, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Story Lounge

Lucy’s biological father, Franco, was born in Naples. She was raised in a loving family without knowledge of her blood father or her heritage until her early twenties. She didn’t meet her father until her late twenties. She met her three Italian siblings at Franco’s funeral in 1998. In her thirties she decided to travel to Naples and meet her wider family. What had been kept largely secret in the lifetimes of her parents is now openly acknowledged in her family. Although it’s complicated, it is not without its joys.

Lisa’s father, Rudolfo (Rudy) was born in Frigento, Italy and migrated with his family to Australia when he was five years old. Her mother and two sisters left their father when she was fifteen and have had no contact with any Italian family members since. Despite her alienation from her Italian family her appearance invites questions and stereotypes about her ethnicity. This often leaves her confused about her cultural identity.

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