Melissa Ashley talks about the extraordinary Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy who ran a literary salon in Paris in the 1700s and published the very first fairy tale, women’s lives during that time, and her novel The Bee and the Orange Tree.
About the author:
Melissa Ashley is a writer, poet, birder and academic who tutors in poetry and creative writing at the University of Queensland. She has published a collection of poems, The Hospital for Dolls, short stories, essays and articles. What started out as research for a PhD dissertation on Elizabeth Gould became a labour of love and her first novel, The Birdman’s Wife, which has been printed in three formats and sold more than 30,000 copies since release. Melissa’s second novel, The Bee and the Orange Tree, will be published in November 2019 with Affirm Press.