Carmel Bird

Carmel Bird is an Australian novelist, short story writer and editor, who grew up in Tasmania, and now lives in Central Victoria. Carmel has written nine literary 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.

Carmel has taught fiction 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 first collection of stories was published in 1983, and her most recent books are Child of the Twilight, a novel concerned with medical science and faith, and Home Truth, a collection of personal stories from leading Australian writers on the meaning of 'home'.  

Carmel's awards and nominations include:

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.  

Carmel will feature on the panel Home Truth: What Lies Behind a Sense of Home and Identity? with writers Cassandra Pybus and Peter Timms, in the Tasmanian Writers' Centre's literary festival weekend for Ten Days on the Island, during April.  

Her website is and her blog, of personal writing and reviews, is