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Monday musings on Australian literature: ABDA 2017 Shortlist

Originally posted on Whispering Gums:
Five years ago, I wrote a Monday Musings on book design, in which I featured three book designers. I’ve mentioned book design occasionally since then but, having just seen the shortlist for this year’s ABDA (Australian Book Design Awards) which are sponsored by the ABDA (the Australian Book Designers Association),…

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5 Lessons from Melissa Ashley to Boost Your Historical Research

Originally posted on Amber Seah:
Melissa Ashley Author of The Birdman’s Wife A week ago I had the privilege to talk with Melissa Ashley over the phone and pepper her with questions about how she researched The Birdman’s Wife, about Elizabeth Gould and about her current work in progress based on the life of Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy, a…

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The Birdman’s Wife, shortlisted for the Australian Book Design Awards 2017

I’m excited that my debut novel The Birdman’s Wife has been shortlisted in the literary fiction category for the Australian Book Designer Association’s 2017 book awards. I was privileged to work with Christa Moffitt of Christabella Designs, Fiona Henderson and Affirm Press on the cover, case, endpapers and page designs for The Birdman’s Wife. I… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife, shortlisted for the Australian Book Design Awards 2017

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The Birdman’s Wife long-listed in the General Fiction Category, Australian Book Industry Awards 2017

I am delighted to announce the news that on March 16, 2017, The Birdman’s Wife was long-listed for the Australian Book Industry Awards under the General Fiction Category. “For 17 years, the ABIAs have been celebrating Australian stories and the astounding talent in the Australian publishing industry. The shortlist will be revealed on April 9,… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife long-listed in the General Fiction Category, Australian Book Industry Awards 2017

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HNSA: Historical Novel Society Australia Interview

Monday, March 13, 2017 Interview with Melissa Ashley It’s a great pleasure to welcome to the blog Dr Melissa Ashley, a fiction writer, poet and academic who teaches creative writing workshops at the University of Queensland. Melissa is the author of the historical fiction, The Birdman’s Wife (Affirm Press, 2016), about the incredible life of… Continue reading HNSA: Historical Novel Society Australia Interview

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Indie Book Awards 2017 Author Q & A

Melissa Ashley – author of The Birdman’s Wife Author Q&As Tell us about your book, what inspired you to write it. It all started when I fell in love with a poet, and with his poem about a bird.  We became avid birdwatchers together.  Writers, too.  When he rescued a ringneck parrot and we adopted it… Continue reading Indie Book Awards 2017 Author Q & A

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Writers’ Festivals: Losing my Virginity

Last week I had the great privilege of being invited to perform as an artist at the 2017 Perth Writers’ Festival (23-26 February) to promote my first novel, The Birdman’s Wife, put into print by the incredible independent Australian publisher, Affirm Press. I have been very lucky in being invited to speak at a huge… Continue reading Writers’ Festivals: Losing my Virginity