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Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: The Birdman's Wife

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Friday, 7 October 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The Birdman's Wife

With Melissa Ashley

Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before but her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould.

Join author Melissa Ashley as she talks uncovers the story of Elizabeth, a woman ahead of her time. A woman who juggled the demands of her artistic life with her role as wife of a demanding and ambitious husband.

Melissa will throw light on the life and work of Elizabeth, an extraordinary woman overshadowed by history.


head shot of author Melissa Ashley

What started out as research for Melissa  Ashley's PhD dissertation on Elizabeth Gould, became a labour of love and her first novel, The Birdman’s Wife.

Inspired by her heroine, Melissa studied taxidermy as a volunteer at the Queensland Museum.

Melissa is a writer, poet, birder and academic who tutors in poetry and creative writing atthe University of Queensland. Melissa has published a collection of poems, The Hospital for Dolls, short stories, essays and articles. Melissa lives in Brisbane and will be touring Australia for the launch of The Birdman's Wife in October.


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