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)

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.

Kate Evans (Australian)

Kate Evans

Kate Evans presents The Bookshelf on ABC Radio National (with Cassie McCullagh). She has a PhD in history, a lot of books and regrets neither.