Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Writer & Speaker

Ashley is a Varuna fellowship recipient (2015) and KSP Writers' Centre Fellow (2017). She's appeared at Noted and the National Young Writers' Festival.
Before moving to Australia, she lived and worked in Canada, South Korea, Peru and Mexico.

Portfolio

The Choice: Auschwitz survivor deals with Mengele and freedom
In November 1943 Josef Mengele, known as the “Angel of Death”, was appointed chief camp physician of Auschwitz-Birkenau. One of many Nazi physicians at the concentration camp,...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
LOCAL STORIES
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...
Act Locally: A year in the writing ecosphere
A year dedicated to following Walter Mason's advice on being a better literary citizen by
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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