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Writers’ Festivals: Losing my Virginity

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

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The Birdman’s Wife longlisting Indie Awards 2017: debut novel

The year 2016 has been the most topsy-turvy of my forty-three years. I will probably write a memoir about it in ten years’ time. So much going on personally that I am still digesting. Which is why the launch of my first novel, The Birdman’s Wife has brought me such joy. I’m humbled, honoured and… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife longlisting Indie Awards 2017: debut novel

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The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley: Elizabeth Gould’s forgotten talent

Caroline Baum Spectrum October 14, 2016 The birds came first. Melissa Ashley was a twitcher before she decided to write The Birdman’s Wife, a historical novel that brings Elizabeth Gould out of the shadow of her husband John, Australia’s most celebrated ornithologist. A New Zealander, Ashley, 43, came to Australia aged eight with her parents… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley: Elizabeth Gould’s forgotten talent

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Leaves of a Diary

Searching for Elizabeth Gould in the Archives of the Mitchell Library ‘Who was Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841), and why has her name now been elevated to equal status with that of John Gould?’ wonders Roselyn Russell (2009: 1), author of the recent biography The Business of Nature: John Gould and Australia (2011). While the taxonomist and… Continue reading Leaves of a Diary