Carmel Bird

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Carmel Bird is an Australian novelist. She has written nine novels and six collections of short fiction. She has also written three books on the art of writing, and has edited six anthologies of essays and stories.

Writing career[edit]

Her first collection of short stories, called Births, Deaths and Marriages, was published in 1983, and her most recent book to date (2010) is Child of the Twilight, a novel concerned with medical science and faith.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1991 — shortlisted in the Miles Franklin Award for The Bluebird Cafe
  • 1991 — shortlisted in Victorian Premier's Award for "The Bluebird Cafe"
  • 1996 — shortlisted in the Miles Franklin Award for The White Garden
  • 1996 — shortlisted in the NSW Premier's Award; the Aurealis Award; the Ned Kelly Award for "The White Garden"
  • 1998 — shortlisted in the Miles Franklin Award for "Red Shoes"
  • 2001 — winner of the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal at the Mildura Writer's Festival[1]



  • Bird, Carmel (1990). The Bluebird Café. New Directions. 


  • Bird, Carmel (1983). Births, deaths and marriages. Power Press. 

Book reviews[edit]

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
2011 Bird, Carmel (June 2011). "Graphic impact". Australian Book Review (332): 59.  Wilson, Rohan (2011). The Roving Party. Allen & Unwin. 
2011 Bird, Carmel (September 2011). "Whispering death". Australian Book Review (334): 27.  Richards, Tim (2011). Thought crimes. Black Inc. 

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mildura Writers' Festival, Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 July 2006". Arts Festival 07 Mildura/Wentworth. Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 

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