Papers of Carmel Bird, 1957-2022 [manuscript]
- Bib ID:
- Bird, Carmel, 1940-
- Related Online Resources:
- Finding aid at National Library of Australia
- Access Conditions:
- Available for research. Not for loan.
- 5.31 m. (31 boxes) + 1 folio box + 1 packet + 1 folder + 14 audiovisual carriers + 5 digital carriers.
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 folio 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).
The Acc15.118 instalment comprises correspondence received by Carmel Bird 1980-1999. Correspondents include Bruce Pascoe, Frank Morehouse, Gerald Murnane and Bird's students (2 boxes).
The Acc22.151 instalment comprises book and short story drafts, speeches, essays, research notes, reviews, correspondence, and documents relating to the Literature Board, 1970s-2022. Correspondents include Marion Halligan, Gillian Bouras and Gerald Murnane (13 boxes, 1 packet, 1 folder, 14 audiovisual carriers, 5 digital carriers).
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. Further biographical information available at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/people/500618
- Manuscript reference no.: MS 958, MS Acc06.204, MS Acc15.118, MS Acc22.151.
- For preservation reasons, we are unable to deliver digital and audiovisual carriers to the Special Collections Reading Room. Please contact Ask a Librarian to enquire about access https://www.nla.gov.au/using-library/getting-started/ask-librarian.
- 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.
- Time Coverage:
- Other authors/contributors:
- Hanrahan, Barbara, 1939-1991
- Copying of Carmel Bird's copyright material permitted for research purposes.
If you wish to copy or order copies, contact us. For access conditions return to the record display above.
- Reason for copyright status:
- A Manuscript Collection may have a range of formats and dates.
Copyright status was determined using the following information:
- Material type:
- Literary Dramatic Musical
Copyright status may not be correct if data in the record is incomplete or inaccurate. Other access conditions may also apply. For more information please see: Copyright in library collections.
Request this item
Request this item to view in the Library’s reading room.