Elly McDonald

Writer

Journalism testimonials

RAM - Miranda Brown, Jenny Hunter-Brown, Annie Burton

RAM writers – Miranda Brown, Jenny Hunter-Brown, Annie Burton

I met Elly in 1979, in my capacity as founding editor of the rock magazine RAM. Of the many writers who appeared in the magazine during my seven years as editor, I regard Elly as amongst the most outstanding. Her writing was always perceptive, it embodied the attitude that music could be more than satisfactory entertainment, it could be emotionally fulfilling.

She is that rare individual who combines sensitivity with pervading intelligence. I have never ceased to be impressed by her talents as a writer and the vivaciousness of her personality.

Anthony O’Grady
Founding editor, RAM Magazine

Anthony O'Grady

AO’G – with Bryan Ferry

When I edited RAM, a national entertainment magazine, Elly McDonald was a regular contributor for five years. Her writing stood out as skilful and focused, she was assiduous at fact checking and unusually disciplined — she never came close to missing a deadline. While I no longer see her work so often, when I do it’s clear her talent has grown.

Greg Taylor
Former editor, RAM Magazine

Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor on sax

I have known Elly McDonald for over 30 years — since we both worked at RAM (Rock Australia Magazine) — and always admired her ability to distil the elements of a story into a trim, readable format. When flights of fancy are called for, she can deliver those as well. She has the insight and deep literary knowledge that inform the work of the best writers.

Chris Stafford
Former deputy editor at ACP Magazines

Chris Stafford – with Pat Wilson, in Rock Granite & The Profiles (pic: Julie Higginbotham)

 

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