Anne Casey-Hardy was born in Fremantle and grew up in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. She won the 2018 Peter Carey Short Story Award, was shortlisted for the 2019 VU/Overland Short Story Prize and was awarded a 2021 Varuna Residential Fellowship. Her short stories and poetry have been published in Meanjin Quarterly, Island Magazine, Overland Journal, Westerly Magazine and several anthologies. Cautionary Tales for Excitable Girls (Scribner 2022) is her first book. She lives in Melbourne’s west with her husband, on Bunurong land.