Carmel Bird

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Carmel Bird is an Australian novelist. She lives in Central Victoria, having grown up in Tasmania.She has written nine literary novels and six collections of short fiction. She has also written threebooks on the art of writing, and has edited six anthologies of essays and stories. She has taughtfiction writing at the Universities of Melbourne, Deakin, Latrobe, Monash, Swinburne and RMIT.She has spoken at major literary events throughout Australia, as well as in England, Canada, USA,France and Spain.Her blog is and her website is

Writing career

Her first collection of stories was published in 1983, and her most recent book to date (2010) is Child of the Twilight, a novelconcerned with medical science and faith.

Awards and nominations

  • 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

References and notes

External links

  • — official website of Carmel Bird

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