Monica Boardman (Artist and Head of Visual Arts) “Voracious in her ability to get to the core of meaning, Elizabeth Guy has one of the quickest minds I have ever met. Her ability to analyse text and offer insight into it, is ever surprising. Through our symbiotic relationship, what I came to realise is that this great skill exceeds beyond the poetic word and moves seamlessly into visual representations. Under my encouragement Elizabeth studied Fine Arts for four years which sharpened her deep knowledge and sophisticated understanding of artworks through the intentions of artists and how an audience will respond to their artworks. Elizabeth’s analysis of ekphrastic poetry evokes and inspires; she articulates nuanced and complex poetic meaning that is embedded in visual codes. And it is this which becomes our own sense of wonder.”
Dr. Susan Britton (Associate Professor Medicine) “Elizabeth is the most insightful person I know. So finely observant of human behaviour, kind towards the frailties we all share, and passionate in her belief that we will prevail. She is always looking for the story behind the person she sees. Why are they so? How can they face their trials head on? Elizabeth sees people as poetry. Over the years she has undertaken extensive medical and physiological research under my scholarship and guidance – from the effects of typhus to rape to PTSD to death. If there is a deep forbidden corner in which sits the heights and depths of life – she will be there. In other words, Elizabeth is fearless.”
Genevieve Frew (Award winning Actress) “I have known Elizabeth, and her impressive imagination, since childhood. I frankly don’t know how all that imagination fitted into such a small child. Perhaps that’s why she was story-telling before she could read. Her love of the absurd and testing boundaries sometimes led to mischief (and got us into trouble) but it also infused those around her with some sense of the wonder and awe that Elizabeth truly sees. Adulthood has not dulled that imagination nor her love of literature and Elizabeth has perfected her ability to propel the English language from the pedestrian to the poetic.”
Elizabeth Alotta (Author, researcher and academic) “Passionate about literature, written expression, and sharing worlds and viewpoints through text, Elizabeth is an engaging and creative writer. She invites readers to explore the world from different perspectives. Elizabeth’s own writings take readers on journeys into new worlds viewed through different lenses and from other individual’s perspectives, set in different time periods reflecting human kinds’ experiences and stories. Her writings invite readers to explore these worlds from their own perspectives and explore their own responses and thoughts. I am looking forward to reading more of Elizabeth’s writings with much anticipation.”
Elizabeth Williamson (Educator and academic) “I have known Elizabeth Guy as an English teacher and critic, and have witnessed the ways in which she brings students of all ages to life through her enthusiasm and insightful approach to literature. She is original, meticulous and provocative in her teaching of poetry and it is through her intelligence and talent that poetry has come alive for her students and they love her. As a teacher, Elizabeth has engaged with her students and enabled them to become critical thinkers for themselves. Her understanding of poetry has always been thoughtful and perceptive, and the ways in which her students light up when talking about her reflects Elizabeth’s charisma.”
Suzanne Hatfield-Smith (Head of English) “An iridescent intellect. Hers is a voice that bounces through a room and finds itself refracted into all conversations. Vivacious in life, romantic at heart, and wrapped in a biting humour and elaborate style. There are few people in this world who can balance a passion like hers for whatever she sets her sights on with such a genuine soul. I remain in awe of her. As a woman. As a teacher. As a mind, and as a friend.”
Debra Clarke (Historian) “Elizabeth has a fierce intellect which she is able to effectively use to make complex concepts accessible for her readers. Her deep love of literature and art is underpinned by a comprehensive understanding of a breadth of contextual factors across time periods and cultures. To assist her development of historical knowledge, Elizabeth read widely from an extensive reading list that I and others provided. Her recent area of interest is the Eastern Front in World War One, both in terms of military and social histories.”
Elizabeth is a writer of nonfiction and fiction. Heaney’s words “Walk on air, against better judgement” has become her talisman for life. In other words - be bold!