Elaine Lewis was originally a music educator, writing music courses and teaching Music, French and English in Australia. She also published educational material and songbooks.
Elaine’s love of the French language led her to translate the works of poets from France, Belgium and Canada many of which have been published in the Paris review, La Traductiere.
She established the first Australian Bookshop in Paris in order to promote Australian writers. Between 1996 and 2003 she organised more than 70 readings for visiting Australian authors. Her book, LEFT BANK WALTZ: THE AUSTRALIAN BOOKSHOP IN PARIS tells the story of the shop and the struggle with French bureaucracy to keep it open.
She now lives in Melbourne.
- Left Bank Waltz: The Australian Bookshop in Paris (2006)