My Castlemaine, Carmel Bird

Castlemaine writer Carmel Bird

Eve Lamb

Hi Carmel. How long have you been part of the local community here in Castlemaine now?
I’ve been here for 15 years.
Where are you from originally?
I’m originally from Tasmania where I grew up, and I left there when I was 22 and since then I’ve basically lived in Melbourne. I’ve been overseas, done writers in residence at various places overseas and travelled overseas, but I was located in Melbourne for many years, and then you might wonder what brought me here?
Indeed that was going to be my next question.
Well my daughter and her husband and their baby moved here about 16 years ago and a bit after that I decided to follow them.
And as a writer, of course, this community is one that I’m guessing you would find very welcoming?
Oh, It’s jumping with writers and painters and potters and musicians and film-makers. Everybody knows Castlemaine is a very big artistic community.
You’re a prolific writer and now you’ve released you’re latest book Telltale, what number book is that for you?
It’s 40-something.
And Telltale is memoir but your writing to date encompasses multiple genre doesn’t it?
I do a lot of fiction, collections, short stories, anthologies of other people’s short stories, other people’s essays and I’m very proud of the anthology I did called The Stolen Children, their stories.
Well you’re in the process of officially launching Telltale now but I’m guessing that as a prolific writer you already have another project on the go?
I do and I’m very excited about it. It’s a…Read more in today’s Mail…

Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.