Ashley Hay’s work includes fiction, narrative non-fiction, journalism, essays and reviews. Her novels have been longlisted for awards including the Miles Franklin and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for categories in the WA Premier’s Prize, the NSW Premier’s Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, as well as the Nita B. Kibble Award.
Her second novel, The Railwayman’s Wife, was awarded the Colin Roderick Award by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, and also won the People’s Choice at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. It was also published in the UK, the US and in translation.
A former literary editor of The Bulletin she contributes to journals including The Monthly and Griffith Review. Her work has won awards in Australia, the UK and the US, and has been anthologised in collections including Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing, and Best Australian Short Stories.
She was editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2014 and was awarded the 2015 Dahl Trust/ABR Fellowship, for which essay she won the 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing.
She lives in Brisbane.