Across 40 years of work, Helen Garner’s writing has been unsparing, in equal measure, of her subjects and of herself. Now, Bernadette Brennan has completed the first full-length study of Garner’s career, A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work. This literary portrait maps the writer’s life against her work, including the previously unavailable National Library of Australia archive of her personal papers. Bernadette talks to Susan Wyndham about scrutinising the life of the sharpest self-scrutiniser.
Bernadette Brennan (Australian)
Bernadette Brennan is a critic and researcher of contemporary Australian writing and one of five judges for the Miles Franklin Award. Her literary criticism has been published widely in Australia and abroad. Bernadette's publications include Brian Castro: The Seductive Play of Language and A Writing Life: Helen Garner and her Work. Her most recent book is Leaping Into Waterfalls: The Enigmatic Gillian Mears.
Susan Wyndham (Australian)
Susan Wyndham is a freelance journalist and writer, book reviewer and awards judge. She is a former literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, and has written, edited and contributed to several books.