Shira Carmi was born in Ra’anana in 1976, and grew up in the rural community Olesh and in Tel Aviv. She is a graduate of the film and television department of Tel Aviv University. A short film she wrote and directed, Washing Machine, Sewing Machine, was screened at the Jerusalem Film Festival, and at other festivals abroad. She was director of the Holon Cinematheque and the International Students’ Film Festival, and the editor of a design magazine.
Carmi’s short stories have appeared in the literary supplements of various print and online media. Her story, “If You Know What I Am Saying,” won second prize in the Haaretz short story competition in 2013. Her first book, The Biggest Love in the World (2015), a collection of short stories, received critical acclaim. Diana and David is her debut novel and it was written during the lockdowns imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Today, together with her writing activity, Carmi conducts creative writing workshops for adults and youths.