Carmel Bird

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Carmel Bird is an Australian writer of novels, short stories and essays. She has also written books on the art of writing, and has edited anthologies of essays and stories.


Carmel Bird was born in Launceston, Tasmania, in 1940, and educated there.[1] She started teaching in 1961, and taught for twenty years.[2] She now lives in Central Victoria.

Bird has taught fiction writing at the Universities of Melbourne, Deakin, Latrobe, Monash, Swinburne and RMIT.[3]

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[4]



  • Bird, Carmel (1985). Cherry Ripe. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1990). The Bluebird Café. New Directions. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1995). The White Garden. 
  • Bird, Carmel (under the name of Jack Power)l (1996). Crisis. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1998). Red Shoes. 
  • Bird, Carmel (2000). Unholy Writ. 
  • Bird, Carmel (2002). Open for Inspection. 
  • Bird, Carmel (2004). Cape Grimm. 


  • Bird, Carmel (1983). Births, Deaths and Marriages. Power Press. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1987). The Woodpecker Toy Fact and Other Stories. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1993). The Common Rat. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1996). Automatic Teller. 

Anthologies (Edited)[edit]

  • Bird, Carmel (1985). The Writing on the Wall: Collection of Poetry and Prose by Women. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1990). Australian Short Stories. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1991). Relations. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1996). Red Hot Notes. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1997). Daughters and Fathers. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1998). The Stolen Children: Their Story. 
  • Bird, Carmel (2000). The Penguin Century of Australian Stories. 


  • Bird, Carmel (1988). Dear Writer. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1994). Not Now Jack - I'm Writing a Novel. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1996). Dear Writer (Revised and enlarged ed.). 


  • Bird, Carmel (1996). The Mouth. 
  • Bird, Carmel (1998). The Cassowary's Quiz. 

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. ^ Middlemiss, Perry. "Carmel Bird". 
  2. ^ AustLit. "Carmel Bird". 
  3. ^ Tasmanian Writers' Centre. "Carmel Bird". 
  4. ^ "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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