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Carmel Bird's touch is deft, bright and accurate like a good miniaturist portrait painter.


Carmel Bird

Tasmanian-born Australian novelist and short story writer

Born in Tasmania in 1940, Carmel Bird went on from there to continue her studies in France, Spain, and California. She now lives in Australia, where her work is highly esteemed by critics and the public.

The Bluebird Café

Fiction by Carmel Bird

The world of Australian writer Carmel Bird is one in which no hard line is drawn between everyday reality and unvarnished fantasy. Her new novel, The Bluebird Café, is a delectable concoction. In the brew are an Historic Museum Village (a Tasmanian Disneyland under an enormous glass dome), a verdant horizontal forest, the mysterious disappearance of midget child Lovelygod, anorexic teenager and later famous writer Virginia O’Day who pens letters to long-deceased Charles Dickens, a Japanese student’s research paper, recipes for Heavenly Tart and Cherry Ripe Slices, information about aborigines and thylacenes. Ms. Bird describes her books as being in some sense a meditation on extinction––of races of people, species of animals and plants, language meanings, the human spirit. Equally it is a celebration of the hope that continues to burn in human hearts, of delight and wonder that still abound.

Available: April 01 1991