Events

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Library Through the Lens: Ashley Kalagian Blunt in conversation with Katherine Tamiko Arguile
Thursday 1 October, 11am-12pm AEST (10:30am Adelaide time), online
City of Marion Libraries
Meet author Ashley Kalagian Blunt in conversation with Katherine Arguile live via webinar as she discusses her wonderfully eccentric account of how an exemplary Canadian does her very best to be a better Australian. Free, RSVP here >>

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Write Together
Join authors Ashley Kalagian Blunt and Amanda Ortlepp for this virtual writers’ meetup via Instagram. Share what you’re working on and your writing goal for the session, then settle in and get to work. At the end, share how you went.
Anyone can join, simply follow us on Instagram and visit our profiles for the sessions below: @akalagianblunt and @amandaortlepp
Sunday 4 October, 10-11am – Instagram Live
Sunday 1 November, 10-11am – Instagram Live

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Please note, the following events are cancelled until further notice due to giant sea monsters covid19. 

Author Panel: The Dark Art of Memoir with four author headshots
The Dark Art of Memoir: author panel

Date TBA
State Library NSW 
Tickets $10
Crafting personal trauma into captivating memoir presents many challenges — how to pull readers into the story, how to carry them through, and how to shape true events on the page. Join authors Vicki Laveau-Harvie, Chloe Higgins, Ashley Kalagian Blunt and Adele Dumont as they discuss the art of taking readers into tragedy. Their books explore the impacts of mental illness, sudden death, and genocide on individuals and families, each offering their own path through darkness. Book online >>

Author workshop, Sutherland Shire Fellowship of Australian Writers
Date TBA
Sutherland Library, Belmont St, Sutherland
FAW offers support and encouragement, and any writer is welcome to come along to this session, which will include writing discussion and exercises. See website for details >>


Past events
The current limitations of the space-time continuum mean you’re unable to attend these events.

Global Girls Online Book Club
Wednesday 26 August, 8pm AEST
Facebook Live
Join me live for a guest appearance on the Global Girls Online Book Club! Simply join the group and come to the Facebook page for a chat about the book and a chance to ask me questions, like what’s the worst story I’ve ever heard about a spider, or what do I think about the term ‘wing mirrors’ or how many people have been murdered by emus. You know, the important stuff.

Ashley Kalagian Blunt in conversation with Cass Moriarty
Thursday 6 August, 6:30-7:30pm AEST, online
Avid Reader
When Ashley persuades her new husband Steve to leave snowy Canada and join her for a year Down Under, she looks forward to an easy transition. After all, Australia’s just Canada with more sunshine and strange animals, right? Author Cass Moriarty will find the answer to this and more!
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Online author talk: How to Be Australian
Thursday 23 July, 7-8pm AEST, online

Sutherland Shire Library
Join me live online for a deep dive into my new memoir and the wonderful, baffling discoveries I’ve made during a decade Down Under, in-conversation with Jay Martin, author of Vodka & Apple Juice.

Book club appearance: First Readings Book Club
Tuesday 21 July, 7:30-9pm AEST, online
Join author Lee Kofman for a discussion of How to Be Australian, with special guest Ashley Kalagian Blunt. First Readings book club is a free online book club, set up to help support the Australian authors who are publishing during the COVID19 lockdown.

Live: Stories on Stage Online
Tuesday 14 July, 3-3:30pm AEST
Koorliny Arts Centre via Facebook Live
Join in as author Monique Mulligan interviews Ashley Kalagian Blunt in a special live version of Stories on Stage, discussing Ashley’s recent release, How to be Australian.
View the recording of this event here >>

Online author talk: How to Be Australian
Wednesday 10 June, 12:30-1:30pm, online
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
Join me live online for a deep dive into my new book, How to Be Australian, and the wonderful, baffling discoveries I’ve made during a decade Down Under.

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Book launch: How to Be Australian
Monday 1 June, 6:30pm AEST
Online with Better Read Than Dead
Join Ashley Kalagian Blunt and RWR McDonald, author of The Nancys, to talk about her new book, How to Be Australian, a funny and heartfelt memoir that explores Australian identity and culture through the eyes of a slightly anxious Canadian. A book for everybody, it traverses the realities of adulthood, marriage and how we find our place in the world. This launch takes place on Zoom and will include a photo tour, virtual cake, and special guests!

Wendy Lewis book cover Richard HauptmannWendy Lewis in conversation with Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Tuesday 3 March, 6:30-8pm

Better Read Than Dead, Newtown
Wendy Lewis discusses her new short story collection, Please Forgive Us, Richard Hauptmann. Who is Richard Hauptmann? Why should he forgive us? And can a true crime writer write short stories? (Definitely!)
This is a free event. Drinks and nibbles provided. RSVP here >>

Rocket House artist and writer exhibition, Ashley Kalagian Blunt, Paul Mallam
The Artist & The Writer exhibition
I’ve collaborated with Sydney artist Paul Mallam for an exhibition juxtaposing visual art with flash fiction. It’s taking place at Mounted Art Gallery in the Blue Mountains from 16 November to 7 December 2019.
Exhibition launch
Saturday 16 November, 3pm
80 Paterson Rd, Springwood

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First Time Feels with the First Time Podcast
Friday 20 September 2019, 6pm
Gleebooks, Glebe
Co-hosts of The First Time Podcast, Kate Mildenhall (Skylarking) and Katherine Collette (The Helpline) talk debut publication with authors John Purcell (The Girl on the Page), Cassie Hamer (After the Party) and Ashley Kalagian Blunt (My Name Is Revenge).
Come along to a live recording of this popular writing podcast, and stay for a wine and a catch up with other writing folk.

Author Talk: My Name Is Revenge
Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Sutherland Library, Sutherland

Australian authors Ashley Kalagian Blunt and Toni Jordan at Readings
Author Talk: in conversation with Toni Jordan
Wednesday 28 August 2019, 6:30pm
Readings Hawthorn, Melbourne

Author Ashley Hay and Ashley Kalagian Blunt discuss My Name Is Revenge
Author Talk: in conversation with Ashley Hay
Wednesday, July 24 2019, 6-8pm
Avid Reader, Brisbane

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Thursday, July 4 2019, 6:30pm
Better Read Than Dead, Newtown
On the morning of 17 December 1980, two men shot the Turkish consul-general to Sydney and his bodyguard near the consul’s home in Vaucluse. The assassins aimed, fired, and vanished. The crime remains unsolved. This event was part of a wave of international terrorist attacks that took place in the 1970s and 80s with the aim of bringing attention to the ongoing denial of the Armenian Genocide of World War I.
Join Ashley Kalagian Blunt, author of My Name Is Revenge, for an exploration of this crime and the events that fueled it.

Authors Ashley Kalagian Blunt Fiona Wright Luke Carman Sydney Writers Festival 2019
Sydney Writers’ Festival: Home Truths
In conversation with critically acclaimed writers Luke Carman and Fiona Wright about their singular but thematically similar essay collections, dealing with physical and mental illness, the writing life and the significance of home.
Friday, 3 May 2019, 4:30-5:30pm
Carriageworks, Redfern

From Anatolia to Vaucluse: Genocide, Terrorism, Denial
Join me for a talk about my debut book, My Name Is Revenge.
Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 12:30-1:30pm
SMSA, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Book launch of My Name Is Revenge, writing on the Armenian Genocide

SBS Armenia Radio: interview
Recorded Tuesday 9 April 2019

The Moth: Sydney GrandSlam
Tuesday 7 August 2018, 8pm
Metro Theatre, Sydney
After winning a Moth StorySlam in 2016, I performed in the 2018 Sydney GrandSlam.

The Monologue Project: Voices of Women
13, 15 and 17 May 2018
Studio MV, Petersham
Among the monologues being read by professional actors will be one of mine, titled “Tonight’s Performance: You’ve Definitely Got Rabies”

Story Club comedy performance, December 2017, Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Story Club: The Snowball Effect
Monday 4 December 2017, 8pm
Giant Dwarf

Newtown Festival Writers Tent: Millennials Strike Back
Sunday 12 November 2017, 4:20pm
Newtown Festival, Sydney

Stand-up Comedy
Tuesday 16 May 2017, 7pm
Comedy Junction, Bondi

Noted Festival: Blind Date with a Book
Saturday 6 May 2017, 6pm
Have you ever wished that humans were books? Well now they are, and you can date one! Noted presents Blind Date with a Book – the literary dating show you didn’t know you needed. I’ll guide one lucky contestant on their journey to find their literary ever after. Who will be the lucky book? You?

Raw Comedy Semifinals
Tuesday 14 March 2017, 8pm
The Comedy Store, Moore Park, 8pm

Raw Comedy Competition
Tuesday 28 February 2017, 8pm
The Comedy Store, Moore Park, 8pm

Talking Writing: Casing the Joint
Thursday 23 February 2017, 6.30-8pm
NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park

Stand-up
Thursday 17 November 2016, 8pm
A Mic In Hand, Glebe

Little Fictions: Comedy Knox
Tuesday 8 November 2016, 7-10pm
Knox Street Bar, Chippendale

National Young Writers’ Festival 2016
Stand-Up Comedy workshop
Sunday 2 October 2016, 4-6pm
55 Watt Street, Newcastle
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Stand Up/Sit Down comedy panel
Friday 30 September 2016, 6:30-8pm
4 Perkins Street, Newcastle