Tony Birch’s books include Shadowboxing (2006), Father’s Day (2009), and Blood (2011), shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award (2012) and The Promise (2014). Birch joined Victoria University in July 2015 as the first recipient of its Dr Bruce McGuinness Indigenous Research Fellowship. He holds a PhD in history and a Master of Arts in writing. His short fiction has been published widely, as have his critical essays. In addition to his creative and critical writing Birch works with community groups and secondary students as an educator. He also does collaborative work with artists and activists. Birch lives in Carlton, just around the corner from where he was born.