Ashley Hay is an award-winning novelist, essayist, journalist, and reviewer. She says that she is “inspired” by the written word: “It is amazing that we create and tell stories at all – that they’re crafted and shaped and honed; that they’re transmitted. Our capacity to tell stories is as inspirational as our yearning for them. These are amazing functions of humanity: our capacity for imagination, and our desire for narrative.”
Her latest novel, A Hundred Small Lessons will be launched at the Festival. It was published to critical and popular acclaim earlier this year and received a five-star review from Books+Publishing. Her previous novel, The Railwayman’s Wife received the Colin Roderick Award from the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, and was voted People’s Choice in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. It was published in the US, the UK, and in translation.
Ashley’s works feature the Wollongong area, notably Thirroul, and her love of the Illawarra escarpment and beach side hamlets feature strongly. Her work has been praised for its “intelligent scrutiny of the human psyche”, “a tenderness that is deeply compelling” and its “simple grace”. She looks forward to the Wollongong Writers Festival: “It’s always amazing to me that I get to be a part of this network of narrative, as a reader as much as a writer.”
Event: In Conversation with Ashley Hay, A Hundred Small Lessons
Date, Time: Saturday 25th November 2017 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Venue: Wollongong Art Gallery