Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS

24 ENTRIES 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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Ticked off

The unlikely combination of a small seaside village in Crete and an Adelaide-born Kylie Minogue look-alike would not have suggested, to the casual observer, news from the frontiers of science. But in the northern summer Dr Catherine Hill of Purdue University, …

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Storm spotters

It's not every day you get to call Zeus, but that's what it felt like as I dialled the number for Andrew Haigh at the Bureau of Meteorology in Sydney. It's probably not precisely what's on his business card, but I was looking for someone to talk to about …

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Society

The human zoo

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 …

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What Lindy did next

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), …

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Kate and the whale

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 …

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Hopper’s Crossing

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 …

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John White’s table

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 …

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The view from the bridge

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 …

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Gods of war and rain

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 …