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Robert Skinner was born and raised on the Adelaide plains. 

He worked for many years as a tour guide before moving to Melbourne and founding the short story magazine, The Canary Press. His writing appears frequently in The Monthly and has also featured in Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Comedy Writing and Internazionale.

He currently lives in Melbourne, where he works in a bookshop and plays football at the lowest level.

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Previous ventures

Founding Editor at The Canary Press (2013 – 2017)

The Canary Press was Australia’s greatest (and possibly only) short story magazine. It was founded in 2013, in an elaborate attempt to avoid doing the dishes. It published new and emerging writers alongside the likes of Jim Shepard, Margo Lanagan, Etgar Keret and Annie Proulx.