Helen Thomson

Helen Thomson was a Melbourne literary and theatre critic. She taught English at Monash University.

Helen Thomson reviews 'Australian Women Poets' edited by Susan Hampton and Kate Llewellyn

September 1986, no. 84 01 September 1986
Helen Thomson reviews 'Australian Women Poets' edited by Susan Hampton and Kate Llewellyn
In a paper entitled ‘Anthologies and Orthodoxies’ given recently at the Australian Literature Conference in Townsville, Jennifer Strauss, herself a poet as well as an academic, analysed the contents of six recent poetry anthologies, including this new Penguin collection. She came up with the same revealing statistics as editors Susan Hampton and Kate Llewellyn had discovered from a larger samp ... (read more)

Helen Thomson reviews 'Unbridling the Tongues of Women: A biography of Catherine Helen Spence' by Susan Magarey

November 2010, no. 326 01 November 2010
Helen Thomson reviews 'Unbridling the Tongues of Women: A biography of Catherine Helen Spence' by Susan Magarey
This republication of Susan Magarey’s 1985 biography of Catherine Helen Spence commemorates the anniversary of her death, aged eighty-five, in April 1910. In an enlarged and attractive new paperback format, with a revised introduction, its cover sketch of Spence, with upraised hand, in mid-speech, emphasises the key subject, both actual and metaphorical, of women’s public speaking. Remarkable ... (read more)

Helen Thomson reviews 'The Three Miss Kings' by Ada Cambridge and 'The Invaluable Mystery ' by Leshia Harford

October 1987, no. 95 01 October 1987
Helen Thomson reviews 'The Three Miss Kings' by Ada Cambridge and 'The Invaluable Mystery ' by Leshia Harford
These two very different novels by women provide a wealth of suggestive information about the women’s history being reclaimed and re-established by Australian feminists. They also happen to be intrinsically good novels, accomplished and charming in contrasting ways. Add Cambridge’s The Three Miss Kings, reprinted in the Virago Modem Classics series, was first serialised in 1883 in The Austral ... (read more)