Carmel Bird was born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1940. Her first book was published in 1983 and she has gone onto a prolific and acclaimed career. Her published work includes novels and short fiction. She has also edited anthologies and essays as well as writing three books on the art of writing.

Carmel Bird has described herself as someone:

'interested in the play between fact and fiction, interested in the moment when the metamorphosis takes place,

when the grub of fact becomes the butterfly of fiction'.