The Woodpecker Toy Fact single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1987 1987
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    y The Woodpecker Toy Fact and Other Stories Carmel Bird , Fitzroy Ringwood : McPhee Gribble Penguin , 1987 Z364855 1987 selected work short story To read these stories is to look into a kaleidoscope - or a peepshow where, against bright backdrops, people and their passions shift and slide with a mysterious dark daring. (Souce: back cover, 1987 edition) Fitzroy Ringwood : McPhee Gribble Penguin , 1987 pg. 3-11
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    y Woodpecker Point and Other Stories Carmel Bird , New York (City) : A New Directions Book , 1988 Z284128 1988 selected work short story This collection of short stories about everyday life hint at the ominous as they skate a fine line between the mundane and the fantastic and familiar images become startling icons. (Source: Copac) New York (City) : A New Directions Book , 1988 pg. 26-32
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    y Island no. 54 Autumn 1993 Z598711 1993 periodical issue 1993 pg. 14-15
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    y Contemporary Classics 65-95 : The Best Australian Short Fiction 1965-1995 Don Anderson (editor), Milsons Point : Vintage , 1996 Z254156 1996 anthology short story poetry extract Milsons Point : Vintage , 1996 pg. 89-97
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    y Secret Lives : Thirty-four Modern Australian Short Stories Barry Oakley (editor), Rowville : Five Mile Press , 2003 Z1073789 2003 anthology short story autobiography prose Rowville : Five Mile Press , 2003 pg. 269-277
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    y The Essential Bird Carmel Bird , London Sydney : Fourth Estate , 2005 Z1190499 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose

    Enter the world of a murdered socialite, be consumed by rural madness, be ignited by the longings of an obsessive optometrist, engrossed by unorthodox book-binding, and moved by a heartbreaking meditation on the Oklahoma bombings. With its bewitching language, full of subtle harmonies and rhythms, The Essential Bird takes the reader on a voyage that delights, amazes and fascinates. Carmel Bird weaves fact, fantasy and history into a shimmering fabric of fiction that creates a world of hyper-reality both tender and profound. (Source: back cover)

    London Sydney : Fourth Estate , 2005
    pg. 317-324
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    y Deep South : Stories from Tasmania Ralph Crane (editor), Danielle Wood (editor), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012 Z1891264 2012 anthology short story (taught in 1 units) 'A wonderful collection of twenty-four short stories that celebrate the history, culture and creativity of Tasmania.

    Tasmania is another country—a lush, sometimes foreboding island with a people fiercely protective of its history, culture and creativity.

    This handsome collection, the first to bring together the finest stories about Tasmania, includes works by notable early Australian writers, such as Marcus Clarke and Tasma; internationally renowned practitioners, like Hal Porter, Carmel Bird and Nicholas Shakespeare; and a range of newer voices, from Danielle Wood and Rohan Wilson to Rachael Treasure. These twenty-four superb stories showcase the island's colonial past, its darkness and humour, the unique beauty and savagery of its landscape.

    Both a must-read for enthusiasts of Australian literature and a perfect gift for lovers of Tasmania, Deep South comes with a critical introduction from the editors and biographical sketches of the contributors.' (Source: Text Publishing website)
    Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012
    pg. 87-95

Works about this Work

Birds, Butterflies & Beating Hearts Danielle Wood , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 29 August 2015; (p. 8-10)

— Review of The Woodpecker Toy Fact Carmel Bird 1987 single work short story ; My Hearts Are Your Hearts Carmel Bird 2015 selected work short story
'From the time of her childhood, when she was led to believe it was a mythical land, Tasmania has been a "personal obsession"...'
Birds, Butterflies & Beating Hearts Danielle Wood , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 29 August 2015; (p. 8-10)

— Review of The Woodpecker Toy Fact Carmel Bird 1987 single work short story ; My Hearts Are Your Hearts Carmel Bird 2015 selected work short story
'From the time of her childhood, when she was led to believe it was a mythical land, Tasmania has been a "personal obsession"...'
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