Hello! I’m Ashley

Ashley Kalagian Blunt

I’m an award-winning writer. I’ve written about travelling in North Korea for Kill Your Darlings, and the world history of genocide for the Sydney Review of Books, as well as writing book reviews for the Australian. My Armenian travel memoir was shortlisted for the 2017 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award, and received a 2015 Varuna Fellowship.

I also write regularly for The Cusp and the Newtown Review of Booksand recently completed a Master of Research in creative writing. Right now, I’m working on a manuscript entitled How To Be Australian. This project received a 2017 KSP Fellowship.

My comedic writing explores topics such as direct-to-brain digital text streaming for McSweeney’s and growing up with the digital revolution for Griffith Review. I’ve appeared at Story Club, the National Young Writers’ Festival, and Noted.

Full of Donkey
The Armenian language lacks the a sound ‘Ashley’ requires. (This pronunciation issue is why flash mobs in Armenia become the rather more intimidating ‘flesh mobs.’) So when I traveled to Armenia, everybody called me Eshley. Unfortunately, esh means donkey, and the suffix -li means full of. I was, in Armenian, Full of Donkey. 

And now Full of Donkey is where I post comedy writing excerpts and updates on my work and events (or the lack of them).