Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay reviews 'In the Garden of the Fugitives' by Ceridwen Dovey

Ashley Hay
23 March 2018

I was never brave enough to visit Pompeii, partly due to an overactive imagination that combined a sense of the ferocity of Vesuvius’s blast in 79 CE and the volcano’s ongoing mutterin More

A survey of environmental writing

Australian Book Review
28 September 2017

To complement our coverage of new books on the subject, we invited a number of writers, scholars, and environmentalists to nominate the books that have had the greatest effect on them from More

Tessa Lunney reviews 'A Hundred Small Lessons' by Ashley Hay

Tessa Lunney
30 April 2017

Hundred Small Lessons holds powerful truths, simply told. It is a story of parenthood and place, where small domestic moments, rather than dramatic public displays, are the links between people, the present a More

Open Page with Ashley Hay

Australian Book Review
30 March 2017

Why do you write? It’s a hopeful or optimistic thing, I think, to try to catch bits of life, large or small, and explore them, understand them, then offer them up to readers who might also connect with them or for w More

News from the Editor's Desk - October 2016

23 September 2016

News from the Editor's Desk in the October issue of Australian Book Review.

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Episode #3: Ashley Hay reads 'The Forest at the Edge of Time'

09 June 2016

In 2015, ABR published Ashley Hay's Dahl Trust Fellowship essay, titled 'More

Ashley Hay reviews 'In Love with Betty the Crow: The first 40 years of ABC RN's 'The Science Show'' by Robyn Williams

Ashley Hay
26 April 2016

When David Attenborough's memoir Life on Air was published in 2002, the magazine I worked for arranged for me to interview him. By then I had been interviewing people for a while and thought myself quite unflusterable. I keyed in the number, listened to the dial tone. And then it was as if the call had been answered by God (interesting, as an atheist). My r ... More

News from the Editor's desk - October 2015

25 September 2015

Environmental times

For the second year in a row, generous support from the Bjarne K. Dahl Trust More

'The Forest at the Edge of Time' by Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay
24 September 2015

Let’s begin, somewhere around 4,500 bce, in a small patch of soil on the south-west coast of Western Australia. An ovule and some pollen combine on the crest of a ridge overlooking the sea, and a plant begins to grow. It’s a little thing with juvenile leaves which will become a faint ... More