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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!

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“As for me, most days I make an effort to do good.”

“Thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes, I thought it was there for good, so I never tried.”   My daughter and I always squabble about which music to play during the drive to school. I made her suffer Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah this morning, tired of repeats of the Hill Top Hoods’ Nosebleed Section.… Continue reading “As for me, most days I make an effort to do good.”

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An (almost) unbearable wait

In the lead up to the publication of my first novel, I’ve attempted to keep sane by easing myself every now and again into the murky waters of a new writing project. It hasn’t been easy, in the midst of a tight editing and publicity schedule, to find the necessary mental space to contemplate, let alone begin, the obsessive process of coaxing… Continue reading An (almost) unbearable wait

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The Birdman’s Wife

The Birdman’s Wife Affirm Press, October 2016 ISBN 9781925344998 Pre-order at Simon & Schuster John Gould created the most magnificent works on birds the world as ever seen. But the celebrated ‘birdman’ had a secret weapon – his artist wife, Elizabeth. Inspired by a diary found tucked inside her famous husband’s papers, The Birdman’s Wife imagines the… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife

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Sneak Preview: Sumptuous Artwork

The Birdman’s Wife: Artwork In her eleven year career working as principal artist for her husband John Gould, Elizabeth Gould drew, painted and lithographed some 650 hand-coloured lithographs to illustrate the couple’s magnificent folios, featuring many of the world’s most beautiful bird species. Elizabeth, who was not a professionally trained artist, learned lithography from Edward… Continue reading Sneak Preview: Sumptuous Artwork

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Resplendent Quetzal

“Beak gamboge yellow; head covered with long filamentous plumes forming a rounded crest; from the shoulders spring a number of lance-shaped feathers, which hang gracefully over the wings; from the rump are thrown off several pairs of narrow flowing plumes, the longest of which, in fine adults, measure from three feet to three feet four… Continue reading Resplendent Quetzal