Bestselling author of The Railwayman’s Wife, Ashley Hay, comes to the Festival with her newest novel, A Hundred Small Lessons. When Elsie Gormley falls and is forced to leave her home of 62 years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in – and so this story of love, life and ordinary lives intertwined begins. This is a lyrical novel about two mothers from different generations whose lives converge in one hot, wet Brisbane summer. ABC RN’s Kate Evans talks with Ashley about her work and process. 

Ashley Hay (Australian)

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Ashley Hay is a Brisbane-based novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award and the Peoples’ Choice from the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for The Railwayman’s Wife, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her latest novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.

Kate Evans (Australian)

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Kate Evans is the co-host (with Cassie McCullagh) of the weekly radio show and podcast, The Bookshelf on ABC RN.