writer teacher actress broadcaster

Elly Varrenti has worked in the arts, media, publishing and education industries for over thirty years.

Originally she trained as an actress and singer in the 80s (National Theatre Drama School & University of Melbourne Conservatorium) and then went on to work extensively with many of Melbourne’s major and independent theatre companies, and for television, film and radio.

In the 90s Elly moved into radio broadcasting (theatre reviewing and daily presenting) and continues to work as a freelance broadcaster for ABC Melbourne, ABC Regional and Radio National.

Elly holds a Bachelor of Arts (Literature & Fine Arts), a Grad. Dip. of Education (English & Drama) from the University of Melbourne, and she is a graduate from The National Theatre Drama School.

She has taught extensively from primary through to the tertiary sectors.

Elly signed with Penguin Books after contributing a personal essay to the anthology, How We Met, and later published her first memoir This Is Not My Beautiful Life in 2008. She contributed to a memoir anthology, Having a Laugh

for Affirm Press

As a freelance writer Elly publishes with The Age, The Australian, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Mamamia, The Big Issue, Daily Life, Meanjn, The Good Weekend.

She wrote and performed columns and autobiographical monologues for ABC Radio National’s Life Matters program from 2005-2015.

Elly was a theatre critic for The Melbourne Times (2007-2009), and for The Age (2011-2012.)

She taught and co-ordinated the Professional Writing & Editing course at Box Hill TAFE (2007-2013).

Elly has taught in the Creative Writing Department the University of Melbourne from 2016 and contributes book reviews to the Age and the Australian newspapers.

She is currently writing a memoir in monologues for Scribe due for publication in 2019 and undergoing a PhD at Deakin University in the art of audio-auto-biography.

Literary Agent

 Clare Forster, Curtis Brown

03-9387 9673


Dr. Maria Tumarkin

Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing Department, University of Melbourne



James Button

Author, Editor, Journalist

0447 380812


Natasha Mitchell

ABC Radio National Broadcaster



Bryan Dawe

Writer, Broadcaster, Satirist, Artist

0412 507145







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