Bernadette Brennan is a critic and researcher of contemporary Australian writing. Her most recent work, A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work, offers a fascinating literary portrait of one of Australia’s best loved authors. Bernadette's literary criticism has been published widely in Australia and abroad. She is the recipient of the Copyright Agency's inaugural Fellowship for Non-Fiction and is currently writing a biography of Gillian Mears. Bernadette is also one of five judges for the Miles Franklin Award.