Debbie Westbury spent most of her early life on the New South Wales coast south of Sydney. She has been a teacher, sculptor and writer, and has completed an undergraduate degree in teaching and a Master of Creative Arts degree in writing. In 1999 she was guest lecturer at the Catskill Poetry Workshop in the United States of America. In 2000 Wesbury was writer in residence at James Cook University, Queensland. She has been actively involved with the Poets' Union, The Australian Society of Authors and Varuna Writers' Centre.