Michelle Aung Thin was born in Burma, grew up in Canada and has lived in England. She came to Australia at the end of a long stint travelling through Africa, Asia and America. Her first novel, The Monsoon Bride, was published by Text in 2011 and, as an unpublished manuscript, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and won a Readings Foundation Wheeler Centre Fellowship. Michelle’s writing has appeared in literary magazines, short story collections and academic journals. She has won prizes for both screenwriting and advertising copywriting. Recently, she contributed an essay to Joyful Strains (Affirm Press) – a fundraising venture for Melbourne PEN. Michelle is completing a PhD at The University of Adelaide under the mentorship of Brian Castro. She is currently working on her second novel.