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Issue Details: First known date: 1996 1996
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

What is that process that takes a thought from a writer's head, onto the page, and into the mind of the reader?...Automatic Teller is a meditation on the heart, mind and imagination at work. In this provocative collection of stories and essays, Carmel Bird examines the nature of fact and fiction and the complexities of contemporary life in writing that encompasses dark humour, sly wit, and abiding compassion...Each of the twenty-four pieces is prefaced with a personal reflection on the art of storytelling. The result is both a revealing writer's diary, and a feast of insightful - and surprising - storytelling. (Source: back cover)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my daughter Camilla
  • Epigraph: A story exists in the space between a storyteller and a listener, in a site of transnarcissistic communication. Carrillo Mean, 'The Ear and the Ego'
  • Epigraph: ...you lean against a bank... / T. S. Eliot, from 'East Coker'

Contents

* Contents derived from the Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage , 1996 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Conservatory, Carmel Bird , 1995-1996 single work short story horror (p. 7-17)
Barbara Hanrahan, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work biography (p. 21-47)
A Telephone Call for Genevieve Snow, Carmel Bird , 1995 single work short story horror
A primary school teacher is stalked by 'the Wolfman.'
(p. 51-58)
Mr Lightning, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work short story (p. 61-70)
One Last Picture of Ruby-Rose, Carmel Bird , 1995 single work short story horror (p. 73-79)
The Golden Moment, Carmel Bird , 1995 single work short story (p. 83-96)
Note: With title: The Golden Moment (1995)
Freedom of Speech, Carmel Bird , 1994 single work essay The Piano (p. 99-113)
Note: With title: 'The Piano'
What Writers Do, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work criticism (p. 117-123)
Chinese Carpets, Carmel Bird , 1995 single work biography (p. 127-135)
My Mother's Death, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work autobiography (p. 139-143)
Fact or Fiction : Who Knows, Who Cares, Carmel Bird , 1993 single work essay (p. 147-170)
Reflections in My Father's Mirrors, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work autobiography (p. 173-192)
As High as an Elephant's Eye, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work prose (p. 195-228)
Reptile Girl, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work short story (p. 231-237)
The Man in the Red Car, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work short story (p. 241-254)
The Affair at the Ritz, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work short story humour (p. 257-260)
Ties of Blood, Carmel Bird , 1993 single work short story (p. 263-271)
Elevator, Carmel Bird , 1994 single work short story Now Ida Haunts the Car Park (p. 275-281)
Note: With title: Now Ida Haunts the Car Park
Mouthugly, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work short story (p. 285-305)
Her First Golden Moment, Carmel Bird , 1996 single work short story (p. 309-317)
Note: With title: Her First Golden Moment (1989)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage , 1996 .
      Extent: 363p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction and Afterword by the author.
      • If on the stroke of midnight you stand outside the bank in the High Street and feed some cash to the hole in the wall, then press your ear to the automatic teller, you will hear a story... (appears on cover)
      ISBN: 0091833965

Works about this Work

Paperbacks Fiona Capp , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 November 1996; (p. 7)

— Review of Automatic Teller Carmel Bird 1996 selected work short story prose biography criticism essay autobiography
Like Wise Words from a Close Friend Ian McFarlane , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 November 1996; (p. C11)

— Review of Automatic Teller Carmel Bird 1996 selected work short story prose biography criticism essay autobiography
Paperbacks Anne Susskind , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 December 1996; (p. 12s)

— Review of Automatic Teller Carmel Bird 1996 selected work short story prose biography criticism essay autobiography
Hearing Voices Kevin Brophy , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 186 1996; (p. 47)

— Review of Automatic Teller Carmel Bird 1996 selected work short story prose biography criticism essay autobiography
Teasing Out the Truth Michael Sharkey , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 December 1996; (p. rev 9)

— Review of Automatic Teller Carmel Bird 1996 selected work short story prose biography criticism essay autobiography
Paperbacks Fiona Capp , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 November 1996; (p. 7)

— Review of Automatic Teller Carmel Bird 1996 selected work short story prose biography criticism essay autobiography
Like Wise Words from a Close Friend Ian McFarlane , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 November 1996; (p. C11)

— Review of Automatic Teller Carmel Bird 1996 selected work short story prose biography criticism essay autobiography
Paperbacks Anne Susskind , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 December 1996; (p. 12s)

— Review of Automatic Teller Carmel Bird 1996 selected work short story prose biography criticism essay autobiography
Hearing Voices Kevin Brophy , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 186 1996; (p. 47)

— Review of Automatic Teller Carmel Bird 1996 selected work short story prose biography criticism essay autobiography
Teasing Out the Truth Michael Sharkey , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 December 1996; (p. rev 9)

— Review of Automatic Teller Carmel Bird 1996 selected work short story prose biography criticism essay autobiography
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