Ashley Kalagian Blunt is the author of two books. Her most recent book is How to Be Australian (Affirm Press, 2020). Her debut book, My Name is Revenge (Spineless Wonders, 2019) was a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award, shortlisted for the 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards and longlisted for the 2020 Davitt Awards.

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Highlights reel
Language that Binds | Openbook | September 2021

The Johnnies and the Mehmets | Australian Book Review | May 2021

A Discomforting Justice | Overland | March 2021

Unearthing the Dead | Australian Book Review | March 2021

A Real Pain the Neck | The Big Issue | 2020

Our Secret Marriage Counselling | Sydney Morning Herald | 6 November 2020

I Turned Down a Diamond Engagement Ring – Then Came the Judgment | Sydney Morning Herald | 26 June 2020

A Journey Down the Lesser Ocean Road | Canberra Times | 7 June 2020

Ancestry Tree: A collection of papers traces one family’s escape from the Armenian genocide | NSW State Library magazine | 2020

Comfortable and Comforted: Review of Fiona Wright’s The World Was Whole | Sydney Review of Books | 2019

Reading the Trees | The Big Issue | 2019

It’s Scary but Nobody Cares | Griffith Review | 2019

Road Trip to the Future | The Big Issue | 2018

Traumata by Meera Atkinson probes #MeToo movement | The Australian | 2018

The Crime of Crimes | Sydney Review of Books | 2017

Today Is Already Yesterday | Griffith Review | 2017

How to Be Australian | Lane Cove Literary Awards Anthology (shortlisted) | 2017

Postcards from North Korea | Kill Your Darlings | 2016

Brain Worms: A Love Story | Moth StorySLAM winner | 2016

Settling the E-books versus Direct-to-Brain Digital Text Streaming Argument
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency | 2015

Life After Genocide | Griffith Review | 2015

Festivals appearances & events 
Generation Women, 2022
Social Media and Building an Author Profile, Writers Unleashed, 2021
Story Room Australia, 2021
Author panel, Wollongong Writers Festival, 2020
Panel chair, Sydney Writers Festival, 2019
The Moth, Sydney Grand Slam, 2018
Story Club, 2017
Author panel, Newtown Writers Festival, 2017
Panel chair, Noted Festival, 2017
Panel chair, Writing NSW, 2017
Author panels, National Young Writers’ Festival, 2016

Writing workshops
Crafting Narrative Tension, KSP Writers’ Centre, 2022
Crafting Memoir: An Introduction, Writing NSW, 2022
The Joy of Creative Writing, Laneway Learning, 2012-22
Getting Your Scenes Right workshop, Writers Unleashed, 2021
Memoir & Narrative Non-fiction workshop, Mirrabooka Writers, 2021
Comedy Writing workshop, National Young Writers’ Festival, 2016

Media & guest posts
Sunrise appearance | Sunrise | 20 June 2020
Becoming Australian | ABC RN Saturday Extra with Geraldine Doogue
Becoming Australian | ABC RN Big Ideas with Paul Barclay
How to Be Australian review | Sydney Morning Herald | 29 August 2020
Conversations with Friends | podcast episode with Sheila Pham
An Outsider’s View of Western Australia | ABC Early Mornings with Barry Nichols
Writers Book Club | podcast interview
The Creative Myth | podcast interview
Editing Writing | podcast interview
The Write Words | podcast interview
Ageing Fearlessly | podcast interview
Burgers, Beers & Books | podcast interview
How to Become a Writer | Annabel Smith guest post
The Grown-Up Girls Report | podcast interview
Behind the Scenes with a Podcaster | Q&A with Monique Mulligan
Literary Anything | podcast author talk with Katherine Tamiko Arguile
Words and Nerds | podcast interview
Canada Down Under | Canadian Consulate Q&A
Working with Words | Wheeler Centre
How to Write 3 Memoirs by the Age of 30 | The Writing Life guest post
New Memoir Holds a Mirror to Our ‘Quirky, Baffling Country’ | South Sydney Herald
In the Spotlight | Write or Die Tribe
Let’s Launch | Q&A with AJ Collins
SBS Armenian | radio interview
Compulsive Reader | interview
The Bookshelf | guest appearance
The First Time Podcast | recorded panel event
The Book Podcast | podcast interview
Guest Traveller | guest post for Journeys to Come
Writes4Women | podcast interview
Writers in the Attic | guest post for Louise Allan
Talking Aussie Books | podcast interview
The Write Way | podcast interview
Writing Violence | The Writing Life guest post
A Letter to My Unpublished Self | guest post for Monique Mulligan
Q&A with Spineless Wonders
Smoke & Mirrors | Q&A with SmokeLong Quarterly
From the Lighthouse | podcast interview

Tell Me Lies | JP Pomare | Newtown Review of Books
The Safe Place | Anna Downes | Newtown Review of Books
Good Dog | Kate Leaver | Newtown Review of Books
The Girls | Chloe Higgins | Newtown Review of Books
In the Clearing | JP Pomare | Newtown Review of Books
The Last Snake Man | John Cann | Newtown Review of Books
Call Me Evie | JP Pomare | Newtown Review of Books
How to Be Second Best | Jessica Dettmann | Newtown Review of Books
Grit & Grace in a World Gone Mad | Wendy Elliott | Newtown Review of Books
The Helpline |
Katherine Collette | Newtown Review of Books
Yak on Track | Heather McNeice | Newtown Review of Books
Return to Moscow | Tony Kevin | Westerly
The Choice | Edith Eger | The Australian
Always Another Country
| Sisonke Msimang | The Big Issue
Being Shot | Gail Bell | Newtown Review of Books
True Girt | David Hunt | Newtown Review of Books
Eggshell Skull
| Bri Lee | Newtown Review of Books
The Friendship Cure | Kate Leaver | Newtown Review of Books
Adult Fantasy
| Briohny Doyle | Newtown Review of Books
Portable Curiosities
| Julie Koh | Newtown Review of Books
Year of the Orphan | Daniel Findlay | Newtown Review of Books
Error Australis | Ben Pobjie | Newtown Review of Books
East West Street | Philippe Sands | Newtown Review of Books
The Red Wake | Kurt Johnson | Newtown Review of Books
Armenia, Australia & the Great War | Babkenian & Stanley | Newtown Review of Books
Best Australian Comedy Writing | Luke Ryan, ed | Newtown Review of Books
Almost Sincerely
| Zoë Norton Lodge | Newtown Review of Books
The Promise of Things | Ruth Quibell | Newtown Review of Books
A Man Made Entirely of Bats | Patrick Lenton | Newtown Review of Books

Toxic Creep | Visual Verse vol 8 ch 3
Types of Oranges I’ve Never Eaten | [untitled] vol 8
The Unicorn | SmokeLong Quarterly
Your Results Are In | Baby Teeth Journal
Towers | StylusLit
Picasso’s Accountant | Swamp
Pre-Morbid Status | Verandah 33
On the Wind | Read Me Anthology

The Symptoms I Ignored That Changed My Life Forever | Body and Soul
Confidence Building for Writers | Writing NSW
Denial of the Armenian Genocide | Right Now
A Year in the Writing Ecosphere | Newswrite 228
A Library on Every Street | Newswrite 226
Local Stories | Ciao Magazine
The Cusp | regular contributor 2016-17

Full of Donkey
Ashley’s travel memoir of Armenia was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Writers in 2018 and the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2017, and received a 2015 Varuna PIP residency.