Presentation

A Volunteer Taxidermist: Presentation

I’m excited to be at the Queensland Museum today because it’s here that I discovered a treasure trove of incredible sources that helped me bring to life Elizabeth Gould, the heroine of my book, The Birdman’s Wife. Along with discovering the Museum’s archival materials, my association with the museum led to the opportunity to meet… Continue reading A Volunteer Taxidermist: Presentation

Interview

Booktopia: Ten Terrifying Questions

The Birdman’s Wife is a little window into the discovery of Australia’s wonderful birds. The Booktopia Book Gurus asks Melissa Ashley Ten Terrifying Questions 1.    To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in New Zealand and at 7 years… Continue reading Booktopia: Ten Terrifying Questions

Interview

Interview with Rebecca Levingston on Weekends, ABC 612

On Sunday, October 9, I was invited by ABC Radio’s Rebecca Levingston to speak on her program Brisbane Weekends. It was a little nerve-wracking, being my first live interview for radio. I had a wonderful support squad, Emma Rusher, Vikki Lambert, Sylvie Dionysius (my daughter) and the lovely Harriet and Camille (who took a few selfies… Continue reading Interview with Rebecca Levingston on Weekends, ABC 612

Review

REVIEW: Melissa Ashley’s ‘The Birdman’s Wife’

What AusRom Today thought: Detail rich, and perhaps rather heavy at times, The Birdman’s Wife is overall a rather compelling read which highlighted the historical tendency for women to be relegated to stand behind their husbands regardless of how much they contributed to his fame. Throughout the novel it is clear that Melissa Ashley’s research is… Continue reading REVIEW: Melissa Ashley’s ‘The Birdman’s Wife’

Review

Isobel Blackthorn review: The Birdman’s Wife

What a delight it is to read stories of historical figures passed over by history probably because they were women. An even greater delight when they are told well, as is very much the case with Melissa Ashley’s The Birdman’s Wife. Elizabeth Gould was indeed a remarkable woman. “Inspired by a letter found tucked inside her… Continue reading Isobel Blackthorn review: The Birdman’s Wife

Review

The Birdman’s Wife – Book Review by Kali Napier

The spoiler alert in this book review is that it is based on a real-life woman: Elizabeth Gould, the wife of an eminent ornithologist / taxidermist, John Gould. If you look up John Gould, you’ll find his Wikipedia entry, which says, “A bird artist”, describing his monographs as “illustrated by plates that he produced with… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife – Book Review by Kali Napier

Review

The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

Inspired by a letter found tucked inside her famous husband’s papers, The Birdman’s Wife imagines the fascinating inner life of Elizabeth Gould, who was so much more than just the woman behind the man. Elizabeth was a woman ahead of her time, juggling the demands of her artistic life with her roles as wife, lover and helpmate… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley