Ashley Hay's latest novel, The Railwayman's Wife, was published in Australia in 2013 to critical acclaim. It has been longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award and the 2014 Kibble Literary Award, and shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize in this year's New South Wales Literary Awards, where it won the People's Choice Award. It was published in the UK in January 2014.
She is the author of five previous books including Gum, Museum (with visual artist Robyn Stacey), and The Body in the Clouds her first novel, which was shortlisted for a number of prizes including categories in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the New South Wales and West Australian Premier's Awards, and longlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
A former literary editor of The Bulletin, she contributes to a number of publications including The Monthly, Australian Geographic, and The Australian, and her essays and short stories have appeared in volumes including Brothers and Sisters (2009), various issues of the Griffith Review, Best Australian Essays (2003), Best Australian Short Stories (2012), and Best Australian Science Writing (2012).
Ashley Hay lives in Brisbane.