Melissa Ashley is 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 about the extraordinary life of 19th century bird illustrator, Elizabeth Gould, wife of John Gould, the ‘father’ of Australian ornithology. Melissa has published articles and stories in The Lifted Brow and The Age among other publications. She is currently working on a historical novel based on the life of a 17th century French fairy tale author.