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Susan Midalia reviews 'My Hearts Are Your Hearts' by Carmel Bird

Susan Midalia
30 September 2015

In one of the reflective essays that complement her new collection of stories, My Hearts Are Your Hearts, Carmel Bird likens short story writing to the art of the conjuror who takes ‘coloured silk handkerchiefs, pull[s] them all in to make a ball, and then, with a flourish, open[s] them up as a full-blown rose’. This charming me ... More

Rachel Robertson: Reaching One Thousand

Carmel Bird
22 February 2012

Dancing on his own

Carmel Bird


Reaching One Thousand: A Story of Love, Motherhood and Autism
by Rachel Robertson
Black Inc., $29.95 pb, 240 pp, 9781836955553


At some stage in every workshop on the art of memoir somebody raises the question of ethic ... More

Carmel Bird reviews 'Thought Crimes' by Tim Richards

Carmel Bird
23 August 2011

A book’s epigraph doesn’t often feel like a direct personal statement to the reader, but the one in Thought Crimes, drawn from Ionesco, is just that: ‘You got stuck in the mud of life. You felt warm and cosy. (Sharply) Now you’re going to freeze.’ Imagine the world as a jigsaw from which the author has removed some pieces, substituting them with his own pieces – but wh ... More

Carmel Bird reviews 'The Roving Party' by Rohan Wilson:

Carmel Bird
24 May 2011

Stories of the impact of European discovery, exploration, invasion, and settlement on Australia are naturally a source of fascination to novelists. The microcosm of the island of Tasmania, with its cruel yet beautiful landscape and its unforgiving weather, offers these stories with a special kind of eerie horror. Against this setting, the stories emerge both in concert and in counterpoint, desc ... More

Carmel Bird reviews 'Little People' by Jane Sullivan

Carmel Bird
24 March 2011

Jane Sullivan’s novel, which was runner-up in the 2010 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize for a novel by a writer over thirty-five years of age, blends the powerful theme of ...


Carmel Bird reviews 'A Darker Music' by Maris Morton

Carmel Bird
24 November 2010

Maris Morton’s novel is the winner of the Scribe CAL Fiction Prize for 2010...