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Elizabeth Gould, illustrator of Birds of Australia, brought out of her husband’s shadow

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  

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ELIZABETH GOULD AND HOBARTON Author Melissa Ashley speaks about her book The Birdman’s Wife, at Fullers Bookshop, Hobart, 10th October 2016.

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.

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Books Create Australia: Sign the campaign to save Australian literature by stopping the parallel importation of books

Join Books Create Australia’s campaign to protect literary culture in Australia: our book industry, the livelihood of our authors and our unique Australian stories. Show your support today by signing Books Create Australia’s petition to The Hon. Scott Morrison, MP, to stop the parallel importation of books and save Australian literature.   Quoted from Books Create… Continue reading Books Create Australia: Sign the campaign to save Australian literature by stopping the parallel importation of books

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Books Plus Radio National: Kate Evans interviews Melissa Ashley about The Birdman’s Wife

I had an in-depth interview with Kate Evans @ Books Plus and Books + Arts, Radio National about Elizabeth Gould and The Birdman’s Wife. The interview will be broadcast in the coming weeks on Books + Arts. Click on the link below to download the podcast or listen online: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksplus/melissa-ashley-story-of-elizabeth-gould-the-birdman’s-wife/8017164

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Audiobooks return the pleasures of reading to the print and visually impaired

Not long after I sold the rights for The Birdman’s Wife to Affirm Press, I was delighted to be offered a publishing contract from Wavesound, a new audiobook imprint dedicated to making Australian titles available in alternative formats to print. Wavesound is an imprint of Audible, the world’s largest publisher of audiobooks. All of Wavesound’s audiobooks are recorded locally… Continue reading Audiobooks return the pleasures of reading to the print and visually impaired

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Australian bird artist Frank T. Morris paints Elizabeth Gould

Thanks to Phil Brown’s fantastic article about The Birdman’s Wife and Elizabeth and John Gould in last weekend’s QWeekend, I was contacted by renowned Australian bird artist, Frank T Morris. I was excited to learn that he completely agreed with me that John Gould had taken some (most?) of the limelight from Elizabeth Gould –… Continue reading Australian bird artist Frank T. Morris paints Elizabeth Gould

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Merchandise!

On Friday I received the fantastic news that The Birdman’s Wife has come back from the printer. A copy for me has been express posted to my address, due to arrive either Monday or Tuesday. All writers know the excitement of waiting for their contributor’s copies to turn up–dented, rain-damaged, flawless–listening out for the postie, trying not… Continue reading Merchandise!