Betty Birskys was born in Toowoomba, grew up on Manly Jetty.
She served in the Australian Army Medical Women’s Service in World War II. She married Anton, a Lithuanian displaced person immigrant, in 1951.
She has always loved writing, especially about the migrant experience. Homeland (2005) and At the Island (2007) were both prize winners.
She is now a sometimes tetchy great-grand-mother.
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