Dr. Gillian Polack has an academic and public service background. She completed her doctoral thesis in French and English Medieval history at the University of Sydney in 1987. She has also studied at the Centre for Medieval Studies in Toronto, Canada, as well as in London and Paris.
Gillian's main foci are writing and teaching. The writing covers a wide range, from academic to popular, non-fiction to fiction. Her first novel, Illuminations, was published in 2002 and her second novel, The Art of Effective Dreaming, will be released in 2004. She has had over twenty short pieces published (including a story for which she won an Australia Day Award), and has completed several major works, including one play and a cookbook.
In addition to her writing, Gillian currently teaches at the Centre for Continuing Education, Australian National University and for the ACT Writers' Centre. She has done radio interviews on medieval subjects for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Canberra. She is on the editorial board of H-France and is a member of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women. Her volunteer work includes working in the Jewish Community (especially for the National Council of Jewish Women) and working to promote women's issues and to reduce racism.
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