Elaine Harris


Elaine Harris



From interviewing Audrey Hepburn about UNICEF to hosting talkback with Santa are just two of the diverse roles taken on by award-winning broadcaster and writer Elaine Harris.

Elaine began working in radio after graduating with a B.A. in English Literature. She was invited for lunch, interviewed over the meal and sent to promote the new programme live on-air that same afternoon; she says she’s been making it up ever since.

While working for commercial radio and as a BBC freelancer in Britain she took on everything from writing religious morning messages and book reviews to travelling the country in search of plum interviews (Including the Earl of Snowdon) and hot topics. 

Once in Australia, Elaine managed a community radio station, then interviewed for TV and radio before embarking on over 25 years with the ABC, nine of which were spent in Canberra.

Elaine’s sell-out one woman cabaret, “Are You Sitting Comfortably” was born after she and Moya Simpson did impromptu impressions from BBC TV’s “Watch with Mother” over coffee at Queanbeyan’s famed School of Art Café. 

Her ACT Consumer Affairs Communications award epitomised Elaine’s broadcasting philosophy: to spread information and give a voice to those not always able to speak for themselves. “Travelling everywhere with a Guide dog and overcoming discrimination in many guises is a powerful incentive to speak out for justice.” 

Elaine is an inspiring performer, speaker and writer, with work included in numerous anthologies as well as both print and online publications.

Last year she released her first book, “Ghosts Royal”, available on amazon and in hardback from Forty South Publishing.




'In this portrait I tried to project how Elaine (blind and going deaf) communicates with the world through her various devices.  I used blacks and greys with only the muted red scarf giving a highlight to create a cocoon-like surround.  In the midst of this dark world her face glows out in pleasure.  Elaine was always quick to support other women through her radio programmes.  The original title of this portrait was The Communicator.'