|Occasional crime writer Carmel Bird’s first short story collection appeared in 1976, and she has published steadily ever since. She won the Patrick White Award in 2016 for her lifetime contribution to Australian literature. Her latest book is Family Skeleton, launched by Sisters in Crime convenor, Lindy Cameron, in 2016.
This contribution includes three works shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award (The Bluebird Cafe, The White Garden and Red Shoes) and three manuals on how to write – Dear Writer, Writing the Story of Your Life and Dear Writer Revisited).
Listen to Carmel speak here, or read her interview here.
In this in-depth interview, Carmel explains how she recognises a good story idea and how emerging – and some established – writers can improve their writing.