Although 'the two versions are not actually recognisable as being the same story', Bird has said that 'Her first Golden Moment' was originally written as an early draft of 'The Golden Moment'.
For further discussion see, Bird's Automatic Teller (1996) and Dear Writer(1996 edition); the latter of these publications contains critical analysis regarding the process of (re-)writing the story from its origins which were drafted several years earlier. (pp. 187-212)
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yAutomatic TellerCarmel Bird,
Milsons Point:Vintage,1996Z4955481996selected work short story prose biography criticism essay autobiography What is that process that takes a thought from a writer's head, onto the page, and into the mind of the reader?...Automatic Teller is a meditation on the heart, mind and imagination at work. In this provocative collection of stories and essays, Carmel Bird examines the nature of fact and fiction and the complexities of contemporary life in writing that encompasses dark humour, sly wit, and abiding compassion...Each of the twenty-four pieces is prefaced with a personal reflection on the art of storytelling. The result is both a revealing writer's diary, and a feast of insightful - and surprising - storytelling. (Source: back cover)Milsons Point:Vintage,1996
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)