Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Writer & Comedian

I'm a Varuna fellowship recipient, and recently appeared at the National Young Writers' Festival.
Before moving to Australia, I lived and worked in Canada, South Korea, Peru and Mexico.

Portfolio

RUTH QUIBELL The Promise of Things. Reviewed by Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Ruth Quibell's The Promise of Things offers a pathway to 'an intelligent life with things'. We're surrounded by things. Our own things, other people's things, necessary things,...
How To Give To Charity Without Spending Money
If you want to help others but don't want to part with your cash (or don't have any to part with), volunteering is one of many things you can do. Lots of organisations doing...
Your Guide To Surviving A Long-Distance Relationship
Long-distance relationships are tough. Two weeks apart can feel like a year, a year can feel like a lifetime. At best, it's a slow countdown to when you'll be together again. At...
DAVID HUNT True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, Volume 2. Reviewed by Ashley...
In True Girt Hunt successfully blends his tongue-in-cheekiness and sometimes dark humour with detailed research. Following on from the death of Governor Macquarie, the...
How I Finally Conquered My Fear Of The Dark - In My 30s
It's ludicrous to be 33 years old and still afraid of the dark. As an adult, I should know better. And in a well-lit room, I do. But there's a part of my brain - the masochistic...
Act Locally: A year in the writing ecosphere
A year dedicated to following Walter Mason's advice on being a better literary citizen by
Postcards from North Korea
The advertisement for the trip to Kumgangsan, the fabled Diamond Mountains, promised hiking trails graced by fairies, phoenixes and immortal hermits, but also contained a...
A Library on Every Street
‘Street libraries are a simple urban and social hack to get people reading and to improve communities.'
Best Australian Comedy Writing
Twenty-four Australian comedy writers are showcased in this collection of fiction, memoir, political satire, spoofs, tweets and listicles. This book kicks off with editor Luke...
Life after genocide
Growing up as a dislocated military kid, shuffled across the Canadian prairies, I didn’t think of myself as Armenian. My surname came from some strange, faraway land; it may as...
Settling the E-Books vs. Direct-to-Brain Digital Text Streaming Argument
Call me old-fashioned, but no matter how popular direct-to-brain digital text streaming gets, I'll never give up e-books. Sure, there are lots of arguments for having the entire...
Understanding the mysterious country of Bhutan
Renowned as the "Last Shangri-La," a reputation fuelled by its government's creation and pursuit of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan has piqued international interest in recent...
Public Speaking Like a Pro
Many people find public speaking intimidating - but strong public speaking skills benefit you in both your professional and personal life. Public speaking is a skill, and with...
Denial of the Armenian Genocide
The Armenian genocide started gaining media attention in early April, when the Pope commemorated the events of a century ago. In response, Turkey " hotly denied" the so-called...
Publisher Introduction Fellowships 2015
Announcement of the Varuna PIP Fellowship awards.
Armenia 1915 - the Forgotten Genocide
At the same time as our Anzacs were fighting the Turks at Gallipoli, the Ottoman Empire was systemically decimating its civilian Armenian population. 24 April 2015 marks the...

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