Paul Kelly was born in Adelaide in 1955. He wrote his first song in 1976 and has been making records since 1978 — more than thirty to date. He has collaborated with many other songwriters and written music for film and theatre. In 2010, he published a 'mongrel memoir', How to Make Gravy, and in 2019 an anthology of poetry, Love is Strong as Death. His most recent album is Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds.