Bernadette Brennan

Bernadette Brennan

A writing life: Helen Garner and her work

Helen Garner has never been afraid to write herself into her nonfiction, and many of her own experiences help to shape her fiction. But who is the ‘I’ in Helen Garner’s work?

In A Writing Life, literary critic, academic and researcher Bernadette Brennan has written the first full-length study of Garner’s forty years of work, a literary portrait that maps all of her books against the different stages of her life. Bernadette had access to Helen’s archive of previously unavailable personal papers. Join her for an inside view into one of Australia’s most important and admired writers.