Barbara Blackman is an author, music-lover, essayist, librettist, letter writer and poet. Born and bred in Brisbane, she was educated at Brisbane State High School and later studied at the University of Queensland, becoming the youngest member of 'Barjai', an avant-garde writers group in Brisbane (Thea Astley was the eldest at 21). She was married to the painter Charles Blackman for thirty years and they had three children. In the 1950s, they lived in Melbourne and moved in Australian art circles with Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester, John and Sunday Reed, Clifton Pugh, John Perceval, Mirka Mora and many more. Barbara has published a number of books, including The Little Lives of Certain Chairs, a Table or Two and Other Inanimates of Our Acquaintance (UQP, 1968), Barbara and Charles Blackman Talk About Food (Rigby, 1979), and Glass after Glass: Autobiographical Reflections (Penguin 1997). She has also published a book of verse, Dogs and Doggerel (Halstead Press, 2011) with illustrations by Cheryl Westenburg. In 2007, Portrait of a Friendship, a selection of letters from her 50-year friendship with Judith Wright was published (MUP). Now 87 and living in Canberra, Barbara Blackman still writes, is devoted to music and continues to be a generous patron of the arts.