Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay
Ashley Hay won last year’s Bragg UNSW Prize for Science Writing. Her last novel, The Railwayman’s Wife, won the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award and the People’s Choice category in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her new novel, A Hundred Small Lessons, will be published this April. She lives in Brisbane.



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Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

The human zoo

Society

Walking through the gates of the Adelaide Zoo one day in late January, I passed a man asking what kinds of Australian animals were inside. Well, said the ticket lady, there are wallabies and koalas, and all sorts of birds. She directed him towards a map …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

What Lindy did next

Society

When Lindy Hume revealed the first program of her four-year tenure at the Perth International Arts Festival back in 2003, she was already thinking about her last, from 9 February to 4 March this year. Travelling through the themes of "Journey" (2004), …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Kate and the whale

nation_reviewed

On her third day in Sydney, in late October, Kate George was hoping to see elephants. Given her success with earlier wishes, the chances seemed better than good. On her second day, she'd hoped for looping, diving, stomach-churning thrills from the funfair …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Hopper’s Crossing

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Should you be strolling among the tombstones of St Kilda Cemetery, in Melbourne, or St Anne's, Kew, just outside London, later this spring and hear a strange noise, it may be the sound of some of history's finest botanists turning in their graves. These …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

John White’s table

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As the door to the auction rooms of Bonhams and Goodman, in Sydney's Double Bay, opened onto the deeply black winter evening, it was clear that an extraordinary number of people had gathered. There were television cameras, photographers and notebooked …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

The view from the bridge

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It’s a cold wet winter day in Sydney and the famous grey of the city’s famous bridge seems to have leached out into everything around it. Walking underneath its deck, the busyness above assaults you; cars on the wet roadway, the round, heavy rattle …

Gods of war and rain

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In a cavernous hall of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, things are in a state of disarray. Curators stride past with rolls of tissue paper and soft material, and strong-armed blokes lift large paintings down from the walls. An exhibition …

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