Hello! I’m Ashley

Ashley Kalagian Blunt

A finalist in the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award, my novella My Name Is Revenge is published through Spineless Wonders. A thriller set in 1980s Sydney and drawn from true events, including a series of international terrorist attacks, My Name is Revenge is the story of a young man seeking justice.

My writing explores topics such as direct-to-brain digital text streaming for McSweeney’s and growing up with the digital revolution for Griffith Review. I’ve appeared at Story Club, the National Young Writers’ Festival, and Noted, and am a Moth StorySLAM winner.

I’ve written about the world history of genocide for the Sydney Review of Booksprejudice and intergenerational trauma for Griffith Review, and travelling in North Korea for Kill Your Darlings. And I’ve written reviews for the Australian and Westerly

My Armenian travel memoir was shortlisted for the 2018 Impress Prize for New Writers and the 2017 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award, and received a 2015 Varuna Fellowship.

I also write regularly for The Cusp and the Newtown Review of Booksand recently completed a Master of Research in creative writing. My current work-in-progress is How to Be Australian, a memoir. This project received a 2017 KSP Fellowship.

My fiction appears in VerandahStylusLit and Swamp, as well as Canadian and Australian anthologies including juice and Read Me.

Full of Donkey
The Armenian language lacks the a sound ‘Ashley’ requires. (This pronunciation issue is why flash mobs in Armenia become the rather more intimidating ‘flesh mobs.’) So when I spent two months travelling through Armenia, everybody called me Eshley. Unfortunately, esh means donkey, and the suffix -li means full of. I was, in Armenian, Full of Donkey. 

And now Full of Donkey is where I post comedy writing and updates on my work and events (or the lack of them).