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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


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 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


Good Reading Magazine interviews Melissa Ashley: Meet the woman responsible for John Gould’s Fame

Good Reading Magazine Elizabeth Gould’s artistry and technical skill as an illustrator breathed life into hundreds of newly discovered species, and was crucial modern ornithology and classification. She illustrated the species of finches that gave rise to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and produced hundreds of the lithographs of birds that made her husband, John,… Continue reading Good Reading Magazine interviews Melissa Ashley: Meet the woman responsible for John Gould’s Fame