Thank you to Australian Book Review and Lisa Bennett for reviewing The Bee and the Orange Tree. In their earliest incarnations, fairy tales are gruesome stories riddled with murder, cannibalism, and mutilation. Written in early seventeenth-century Italy, Giambattista Basile’s Cinderella snaps her stepmother’s neck with the lid of a trunk. This motif reappears in the… Continue reading Lisa Bennett reviews The Bee and the Orange Tree for ABR
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),…
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…
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
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
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
My neighbours are on their veranda, clearing plates and talking, after sharing dinner with their extended family. My kids are staying with their grandparents, to give me 24 hours to myself before the Xmas crazy begins. Ariel, our cat, slinks about my legs as I sit outside, smoking and typing in the dark, listening to… Continue reading When you gonna’ make up your mind?
Click on the link below to read my feature article for Spectrum, The Age, published 26 November, 26, 2016 http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/they-carry-our-spirits-and-even-clean-our-teeth-so-what-is-it-about-birds-20161121-gsu117
Click on the link below to read Kate Evan’s ABC article about Elizabeth Gould and The Birdman’s Wife. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-25/elizabeth-gould-illustrator-of-birds-of-australia-overshadowed/8051070
Text published in Communion Journal, vol 6 https://walleahpress.com.au/communion6-Melissa-Ashley.html Thank you to Ralph Wessman who published my talk about Elizabeth Gould and Hobart in the journal Communion, Walleah Press. I’m excited to be in Hobart tonight, because it’s here that I discovered the voice of Elizabeth Gould, the heroine of my book, The Birdman’s Wife, so it’s a… Continue reading ELIZABETH GOULD AND HOBARTON Author Melissa Ashley speaks about her book The Birdman’s Wife, at Fullers Bookshop, Hobart, 10th October 2016.