Ashley Kalagian Blunt


Ashley Kalagian Blunt’s thriller novella My Name is Revenge was a finalist in the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award and is published by Spineless Wonders. Her non-fiction work Full of Donkey: Travels in Armenia was shortlisted for the 2018 Impress Prize and the 2017 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award. She is published in Griffith Review, Sydney Review of Books, the Australian, the Big Issue, and Kill Your Darlings. Ashley has appeared at Story Club, Little Fictions, Noted and the National Young Writers’ Festival, and is a Moth StorySLAM winner. She has a Master of Research in creative writing.

SmokeLong Quarterly
The Unicorn | SmokeLong Quarterly

Lane Cove is where individuality goes to die. Lane Cove isn't interested in your ideas, unless your ideas are how to be more like everybody else in Lane Cove. The Unicorn is Lane Cove's natural enemy. The Unicorn is knee-high socks, stripped crimson and yellow.

Spineless Wonders
My Name is Revenge

Sydney, 1980: The Turkish consul-general is assassinated by two gunmen, and an international terrorist group claim responsibility. Vrezh, an Armenian-Australian, longs to be involved, believing the attacks are justice for the Armenian genocide.

'The Symptoms I Ignored That Changed My Life Forever'

Looking back, I have no idea when I started getting ill. Was it 2016? Was it earlier? My symptoms were so vague and sporadic that even once they became apparent, it took nearly a year for me to see a doctor, and another six months for a diagnosis.

The Cusp
How Developing Your Speaking Skills Will Help Your Career

One common piece of career advice is to improve your speaking skills. But unless your work involves regularly speaking to audiences, is it really worth the effort? To find out, we spoke to four professionals who spend their free time doing something that terrifies most people - public speaking - and asked how this has helped in their careers.

The Australian
The Tattooist of Auschwitz an impressive debut

Whether purely out of pragmatism or with the added intent of incriminating their victims, the Nazi regime forced prisoners to work in the running of their concentration camps.

Griffith Review
Today is already yesterday

I WAS BORN in 1983, the same year as Microsoft Word. It was also the year the first mobile phones went on sale in the US, and Apple introduced its graphical user interface computer, the Lisa. Not quite a decade later, my parents lugged home a Hewlett Packard 360.

Sydney Review of Books
The Crime of Crimes | Genocide: A World History by Norman Naimark | Review essay by Ashley...

The most intensely studied genocide is, without contest, the Holocaust. It's considered by some to be the archetypal genocide, a limit case, in part because the term genocide was first applied in a legal setting during the Nuremberg trials. Our ongoing interest in Nazi crimes seems unlikely to wane, particularly as new evidence is still being released.

Kill Your Darlings Journal
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 lengthy list of rules for avoiding problems with soldiers of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Newtown Review of Books
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, beloved things, things we cannot wait to be rid of. Our heads are filled with dancing visions of things - things to meet our immediate needs, and those on ...

Griffith Review
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 well have been Jupiter. It made sense that my surname could be one thing, and I could be something else.

The Cusp
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 worst, it leads to heartbreak. I should know. When I was dating my partner, I spent a year in Asia while he...


From comedic brilliance to historical drama and gritty urban crime, Ashley Kalagian Blunt looks at books set in the Inner West that bring a unique perspective to the suburbs we know and love. Almost Sincerely by Zoë Norton Lodge Norton Lodge is known for her comedy stylings on ABC's The Checkout and .

McSweeney's Internet Tendency
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 canon of English literature digitally streamed to a receptor that has been surgically implanted in your brain.