Michael Bird is an independent art historian. He was born in London and read English at Merton College, Oxford. His books include Studio Voices: Art and Life in 20th-century Britain, Artists’ Letters: Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney, 100 Ideas that Changed Art and The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time. His children’s history of art Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories has been translated into twenty languages. In 2016 he was National Life Stories Goodison Fellow at the British Library and in 2018–21 Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Exeter. He is co-curator of ‘Living the Landscape: Hepworth, Nicholson and the Artists of St Ives’ at the Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, 2022.