Christine Balint was born in Melbourne, Australia. Her first novel, The Salt Letters, was shortlisted for the 1998 The Australian / Vogel Literary Award when she was 23. It was subsequently published to critical acclaim in Australia, The United States, Germany and Italy. Christine was selected as one of Barnes & Noble’s Great New Writers in 2001. Her second novel, Ophelia’s Fan, was internationally published in 2004.

Christine recently completed her third novel, The Last Music Keeper of Venice, set in a convent providing musical education to girls, during the Napoleonic Invasion of Italy in 1797. The Last Music Keeper of Venice received funding from Arts Victoria, The Australia Council and the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. Christine is a current recipient of Australia Council Funding to research her fourth novel, based on a real-life 18th-century Venetian court trial. Christine will be travelling to Venice to research court records as well as explore the locations for her new novel, in June 2018. 

Christine has a PhD in Creative Arts from The University of Melbourne and taught for 7 years in RMIT’s Graduate Writing Program. She has also taught for Writers Victoria at the Wheeler Centre, the CAE and Chisholm Institute. Christine teaches Novels in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Melbourne. 


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