Bestselling author of The Railwayman’s Wife, Ashley Hay comes to the festival with her newest offering, A Hundred Small Lessons. When Elsie Gormley falls and is forced to leave her home of 62 years, Lucy Kiss and her new family move in, beginning this story of lives intertwined. This is a lyrical novel about two mothers from different generations whose stories converge during one hot, wet Brisbane summer. Join Ashley as she discusses her tale of love and chance encounters.

Light refreshment served from 6pm for a 6:30pm start.

Presented in partnership with Camden Council and Harry Hartog

Ashley Hay (Australian)

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Ashley Hay's latest novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. Her earlier work has won accolades in Australia and abroad, most recently the 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. She has been longlisted for awards including the Miles Franklin and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Kibble. Her previous novel, The Railwayman's Wife, received the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies' Colin Roderick Award, and People's Choice at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. It was published in the UK, the US and in translation.