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Papers of Carmel Bird, 1987-2000 [manuscript]
Bib ID 633040
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Bird, Carmel, 1940-
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1987-2000] 
3.0 m. (16 boxes) + 1 fol. box. 

The papers in MS 958 comprise letters and cards of Barbara Hanrahan, a typescript titled "The world you are walking upon: a tribute to Barbara Hanrahan" and photocopies of articles on Hanrahan, including her orbituary. In her letters, Hanrahan discusses her writings, including Flawless Jade, her art, people they know and Carmel Bird's writings. Also included are papers relating to The Penguin century of Australian stories, which was edited by Bird and published by Penguin in 2000. They mostly comprise correspondence, biographical notes and permission to publish forms received from authors approached about contributions to the anthology (15 boxes, 1 fol. box).

The Acc06.204 instalment comprises further papers relating to the editing of The stolen children: their stories: including extracts from the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, which was published in 1998 (1 box).


Writer. Carmel Bird was born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1940. She attended the University of Tasmania and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Bird worked as a teacher prior to publishing her first collection of short stories in 1983, titled Births, deaths and marriages. She has since published other collections, novels and guides for writers. She has edited various anthologies. In the 1980s and 1990s she worked as a literary editor for Fine lines, Australasian post and other periodicals. Her recently published books include Unholy writ (2000), Writing the story of your life (2007), and Child of the twilight (2010). Bird was a friend of the writer and printmaker Barbara Hanrahan.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 958, MS Acc06.204.

Some photocopies.

Associated materials: Papers of Barbara Hanrahan, 1958-1992 MS 7754.

Related Material Portrait of Carmel Bird, fiction writer; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC P1841/4 LOC Q91.  Carmel Bird interviewed by Sara Dowse; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 5775.  Carmel Bird manuscript collection; Located at; Academy Library, University of New South Wales. 
Subjects Bird, Carmel, 1940- -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Women authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Australian literature -- 20th century -- Women authors.
Time Coverage 1987-2000 
Occupation Authors.  |  Novelists.  |  Editors.  |  Literary critics.
Other authors/contributors Hanrahan, Barbara, 1939-1991
Terms of Use Copying of Carmel Bird's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 


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