Carmel Bird is the 2016 winner of the Patrick White Literary Award. Carmel’s work spans 40 years, and she has published 30 books. The most recent of her 10 novels is Family Skeleton, and the most recent of her seven collections of stories is My Hearts Are Your Hearts. Carmel’s popular manual for fiction writers is Dear Writer Revisited, and her key work on memoir is Writing the Story of Your Life. Two of her anthologies, The Penguin Century of Australian Stories and The Stolen Children – Their Stories, are also very popular. Carmel’s work is known for its lightness of touch, coupled with a seriousness of purpose, some of her concerns being the history of Australia’s First Peoples, reproductive technology, loss of species, lost children. Language, the construction of fiction, and book design are some of her key preoccupations.