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


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


Interviews: The Birdman’s Wife

ABC Radio National: Melissa Ashley’s Story of Elizabeth Gould, The Birdman’s Wife by Kate Evans’s-wife/8017164 Australian Writers Marketplace: Taking Five with Melissa Ashley by Taylor Jayne Wilkshire Good Reading Magazine: Meet the Woman Responsible for John Gould’s Fame Booktopia: The Booktopian: Ten Terrifying Questions: The Birdman’s Wife is a Little Window into the Discovery… Continue reading Interviews: The Birdman’s Wife


Melissa Ashley’s story of Elizabeth Gould, The Birdman’s Wife, broadcast, ABC Radio National, Kate Evans, Books and Arts, 21 November 2016

I was very fortunate to have an interview with Kate Evans broadcast on Michael Cathcart and Sarah Kanowski’s Books and Arts program. Click on the link below to listen to the interview:

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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:’s-wife/8017164


Talking Elizabeth Gould with Louise Maher on Afternoons, ABC 666

While most people were placing bets for the Melbourne Cup, I had great fun this afternoon talking about The Birdman’s Wife and the incredible life and artistry of Elizabeth Gould. Click on the link below to listen to the podcast. Thanks ABC 666 and Louise Maher and her great team.


Taking Five with Melissa Ashley

Melissa Ashley’s meticulous attention to detail is on show in her first novel, The Birdman’s Wife, which explores the life and relationships of artist Elizabeth Gould. AWM intern TJ Wilkshire spent some time with Melissa to discuss birds, art, poetry, and secret women’s history. Photo credit: Vicki Lambert Your debut novel tells the story of… Continue reading Taking Five with Melissa Ashley