Bernadette Brennan is a literary critic, academic and researcher in contemporary Australian writing. She is the author of a number of publications, including a monograph on Brian Castro and two edited collections: Just Words?: Australian Authors Writing for Justice (UQP 2008), and Ethical Investigations: Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics (Vagabond 2008). Her most recent book is A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work (Text 2017). Bernadette is currently working on a literary biography of Gillian Mears.