Merlinda Bobis grew up in Albay, Philippines, at the foot of an active volcano, which figures prominently in her writing and performance.  As a child her main interest was painting, but at age ten she began writing poetry because ‘painting with words’ was cheaper.

She has published novels, short stories, dramas and poems. Her plays have been produced on stage and radio in Australia, the Philippines, Spain, USA, France, China, Thailand and the Slovak Republic. She has performed some of her works as theatre, dance and music productions. 

Merlinda has a Bachelor of Arts from Aquinas University of Legazpi and a Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. She completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong where she now teaches creative writing. She lives in Wollongong, which echoes her first home: a city nestled between the mountain and the Pacific.