Lucy Dann was born in Broome, Western Australia in 1960. In her early twenties Lucy discovered her biological father was a Japanese man who had worked in Broome's pearling industry and returned to Japan shortly after her birth. She has cultural connections to the Bardi-Djawi people, and has been involved in many language and cultural projects.
Lucy Dann is an author, researcher and oral historian.She wrote the Bardi Counting Book, which was shortlisted at the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards in 2000 and is currently working on a Nyulnyul language dictionary. She has exhibited her photographs in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth and co-produced the radio program The Heart of the Journey with Mayu Kanamori in 2000. Lucy is the mother of Kiefer Dann.