Born in London in 1946, Rory Barnes was immediately shipped out to Northern Rhodesia where he learnt to walk and talk in a mud hut in a tribal village, the normal career path for the first born children of anthropologists. In 1956 his family moved to Sydney and he's been an Australian resident ever since, going to school in Sydney and Canberra and then onto Monash University where he graduated with an honours degree in Philosophy and went to work for the Victorian Education Department. After travelling around S.E. Asia and the Middle East he returned to Melbourne in the early seventies as a teacher and the was offered a lectureship at Melbourne University. After winning a fellowship to Stanford University's Creative Writing Center, he took up writing full time and now lives in Adelaide with his wife Annie and two children.