• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE6265

Bird, Carmel

(1940 – )
  • Born 1 January, 1940, Launceston Tasmania Australia
  • Occupation Author, Teacher


Carmel Bird’s first collection of short stories was published in 1976. Since this time she has produced novels, essays, anthologies, children’s books and also guides for writers. In the 1980s and 1990s she worked as a literary editor for Fine Lines, Australasian Post and other literary journals.

Carmel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tasmania and, after obtaining her teaching diploma, worked for a time as a teacher.

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers of Carmel Bird, 1987-2000 [manuscript]
    • Papers of Cassandra Pybus, 1956-2008 [manuscript]
    • Papers of Marion Halligan, circa 1970-circa 2003 [manuscript]
    • Papers of Mem Fox, 1961-2006 [manuscript]
  • National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    • Carmel Bird interviewed by Sara Dowse [sound recording]
  • National Library of Australia
    • [Biographical cuttings on Carmel Bird, novelist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
  • Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
    • Carmel Bird manuscript collection 1983-1997.

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