Elisabeth Hanscombe

Elisabeth has spent four separate weeks at Varuna since 2009. Her first visit fell under the guidance of Peter Bishop, her second with Robin Hemley, her third with Patti Miller and her final week to date in 2014, on her own steam, in the company of other wonderful writers. She’s working on a memoir, an adaptation from her PhD on the topic 'Life writing and the desire for revenge'. Elisabeth has published a number of short stories and essays in the areas of autobiography, psychoanalysis, testimony, trauma and creative non-fiction in MeanjinIslandTirra LirraQuadrant and Griffith Review as well as in the journals, Life Writing and Life Writing Annual: Biographical and autobiographical studies and in psychotherapy journals and magazines throughout Australia and in the United States. She was short listed for the Australian Book Review’s 2009 Calibre essay prize, longlisted in 2011 and 2014 and has book chapters, ‘Complicated grief endures’ in Stories of Complicated grief: a critical anthology (ed) Eric D Miller, NASW Press, Washington, 2014 and ‘The real psychotherapist in film and television’ in Eavesdropping: The Psychotherapist in Film and Television, (eds) Lucy Huskinson and Terrie Waddell, Guilford Press, Routledge, Sussex and New York, 2015. She is winner of the Lane Cove NSW Literary award, memoir section 2014 for ‘A trip to the beach’ and is currently an adjunct research associate at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research. She blogs at