Helen Elliott, a wonderfully perceptive literary critic, finally decided to write a memoir – a letter to eleven people who influenced her life. She explains why to Beejay Silcox.
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Helen Elliott is a prominent literary critic, journalist and the editor of Grandmothers. Her writing has appeared in The Monthly, The Australian, The Age, Griffith Review, Best Australian Essays, Vogue and numerous other publications. She was the literary editor of the Herald Sun and has two children, four granddaughters and an acre of garden.
Beejay Silcox is a forthright book critic, Artistic Director of the Canberra Writers Festival, and Chair of the 2024 Stella Prize judging panel. She has stories to tell. Beejay was married in Vegas (not by Elvis), escaped from quicksand (more than once), and drove to Timbuktu in a car held together with a bra-strap.