One City, One Book: 'The Birdman's Wife'

01 Dec 2017

One city, one book, one story: a thousand conversations! Join Newcastle and Port Stephens libraries for Newcastle's annual Big Book Club and our citywide conversation about the novel The Birdman's Wife.

Meet the author! We will host a very special Big Book Club event at The Conservatorium of Music, Auckland Street at 6.30pm on Wednesday 14 February, featuring a panel of special guests including the author Melissa Ashley. You will have the rare opportunity to ask questions and get books signed by the author.

The panel will also include Anne Llewellyn, Conjoint Senior Lecturer Natural History Illustration and Troy Duncan, Australian History Lecturer, both from the University of Newcastle.
"Our panel discussion will focus on the award-winning novel, by Melissa Ashley and the pivotal role of Elizabeth Gould, Charles Darwin and the naturalist movement of the early 19th century, and the taxidermy of John Gould" said Suzie Gately, Manager Libraries for City Of Newcastle. Newcastle Region Library holds one of the nation's biggest collections of John Gould's publications, which feature original lithographs created by his wife Elizabeth Gould. The collection was donated to the city by Roland Pope.

This event is presented in partnership with the University of Newcastle and will be held in the Harold Lobb Hall at the Conservatorium of Music, Auckland Street, Newcastle.
Pick up a copy of The Birdman's Wife by Melissa Ashley at your local library, download a copy from the library’s eBook collection, or listen to the e-audiobook also available through our eLibrary.
For more information or assistance in accessing the libraries eCollections call 4974 5300.