Bestselling author of The Railwayman’s Wife, Ashley Hay comes to the festival with her newest offering, A Hundred Small Lessons. When Elsie Gormley falls and is forced to leave her home of 62 years, Lucy Kiss and her new family move in, beginning this story of lives intertwined. This is a lyrical novel about two mothers from different generations whose stories converge during one hot, wet Brisbane summer. Join Ashley as she discusses her tale of love and chance encounters.

Light refreshment served from 6pm for a 6:30pm start.

Presented in partnership with Camden Council and Harry Hartog

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Peoples’ Choice, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her writing has been shortlisted for awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Queensland Literary Awards, and longlisted for prizes including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Miles Franklin. Her novels include The Body in the Clouds and A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.