Carmen Callil Obituary – Cause of Death: Founder of Virago Press, Carmen Callil dies at 84.
Australian publisher, writer and critic who spent most of her career in the United Kingdom, Carmen Callil died of leukaemia on Monday, 17th of October 2022 at her home in London, aged 84.
Callil founded Virago Press in 1973 and received the Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature in 2017.
Callil was born in Melbourne, Victoria, on 15 July 1938.
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Really sad to hear Carmen Callil has died. She was already a legend when I started in publishing & I have always had the utmost respect for the work she did for women writers. A huge huge loss for our industry.
— (((Julia Williams)))💚🤍💜 (@JCCWilliams) October 19, 2022
We are saddened to hear of the death of Carmen Callil, co-founder of Virago Press, who was a judge of both the Booker and International Booker Prizes. She did more for literature by women – and by extension for everyone – than almost anyone in the latter half of the 20th century
— The Booker Prizes (@TheBookerPrizes) October 18, 2022
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