Dame Carmen Thérèse Callil, (born 1938) is an Australian publisher, writer and critic who has spent most of her career in the United Kingdom. She founded Virago Press in 1973. She is a recipient of the Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature in 2017.
Early years and family
Callil was born in Melbourne, Australia, but has lived in London since 1960. Her widowed mother, Lorraine Clare Allen, raised four children, of whom Callil was the third. Her father, Frederick Alfred Louis Callil, was a barrister and lecturer in French at the University of Melbourne. She was educated at Star of the Sea Convent and at Loreto Mandeville Hall. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Literature in 1960.
In the same year she left for Europe, and, after a period in Italy, settled in London in 1964…Read more on Wikipedia