Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of
yThe Woodpecker Toy Fact and Other StoriesCarmel Bird,
FitzroyRingwood:McPhee GribblePenguin,1987Z3648551987selected 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)FitzroyRingwood:McPhee GribblePenguin,1987
yWoodpecker Point and Other StoriesCarmel Bird,
New York (City):A New Directions Book,1988Z2841281988selected 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
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)
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