Ashley Hay is a renowned Australian novelist and science writer. She has written three novels: A Body in the Clouds (2010), The Railwayman’s Wife (2013) and her most recent book, A Hundred Small Lessons (2017).
The Railwayman’s Wife received the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award in 2013, and also won the People’s Choice at the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. It has been published in the UK, US and in translation. Ashley has written four works of narrative non-fiction—The Secret, Gum, Herbarium and Museum. Her essays, short stories and journalism have been published in anthologies and journals including the Griffith Review, Brothers and Sisters, The Monthly, The Bulletin, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Short Stories, and Australian Geographic.
Ashley’s work has won accolades in Australia and abroad, including the 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing, the Eureka Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, the Publishers’ Association Awards, the Creative Nonfiction Essay Award (Weather) and the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year. She has also been longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Nita B. Kibble Literary Award for Women Writers.