Nan Bowman studied English at Monash University and her book of verse (with Isobel Robin, q.v.), Pen Friends, was published in 1984 by the English Department at that University. After her marriage to Henry Albinski (q.v.) she lived for a number of years in Pennsylvania, USA, where she carried out research on North American holdings of Australian and New Zealand literature and authors' papers. The results of this research have been published in four books. Nan and Henry Albinski returned to Australia in the late 1990s and now live in Sydney, where Nan is the proprietor of an internet bookstore Nanny's Web, which specializes in children's literature.