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1 Anna Downes : The Safe Place Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , July 2020;

— Review of The Safe Place Anna Downes , 2020 single work novel

'Anna Downes’s first novel is a thriller that poses uncomfortable questions about families.'

1 How to Be Australian : Extract Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2020 extract autobiography (How to be Australian)
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , June 2020;
1 y separately published work icon How to be Australian Ashley Kalagian Blunt , South Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2020 18879738 2020 single work autobiography 'After spending her twenties working abroad and travelling solo, Canadian Ashley convinces her career-oriented boyfriend Steve to relocate to sunny, carefree, no-worries Australia for a year. An anxious dreamer, Ashley longs to bathe in the national characteristics of her chosen new home and feel the way Australians do.

'Newly married, the couple move to Sydney. Steve struggles to find work and Ashley fears he will come to regret both the move and the marriage, especially after she loses her wedding rings on Bondi Beach. But when Steve lands a great job, he shockingly announces he wants to stay in Australia, making Ashley realise how out of place she feels.'
1 Chloe Higgins : The Girls Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , March 2020;

— Review of The Girls : A Memoir of Family, Grief and Sexuality Chloe Higgins , 2019 single work autobiography

'How do we talk about grief? Chloe Higgins’s memoir reveals her response to the loss of her sisters, and the impact of that loss on her parents. ' 

1 Types of Oranges I've Never Eaten Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2019 single work short story
— Appears in: [Untitled] , no. 8 2019; (p. 27-35)
1 John Cann with Jimmy Thomson : The Last Snake Man Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , September 2019;

— Review of The Last Snake Man John Cann , Jimmy Thomson , 2018 single work autobiography
'A dangerous way to make a living: John Cann’s autobiography tells the story of his life as a professional snake handler.'
1 JP Pomare : Call Me Evie Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , August 2019;

— Review of Call Me Evie Joshua Pomare , 2019 single work novel

'Who is Evie? JP Pomare’s taut debut thriller has already been shortlisted for crime writing awards.'

1 Jessican Dettman : How to Be Second Best Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , July 2019;

— Review of How To Be Second Best Jessica Dettmann , 2018 single work novel
1 Comfortable and Comforted : The World Was Whole by Fiona Wright Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , May 2019;

'In the opening essay of The World Was Whole, Fiona Wright connects our bodies and our living spaces, and the way we strive to feel at home – ‘comfortable and comforted’ – in each. This is a book about the complexities of home, about being unhomed, about the body as home, and about the spaces we work to make home, our dwellings and our neighbourhoods. When life is marred by unbelonging and grief, it is the habits and routines of being homed that bring comfort and even joy.'  (Introduction)

1 It's Scary but Nobody Cares : Challenging Australia's Reputation for Deadliness Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2019 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Griffith Review , January no. 63 2019; (p. 263-170)

'I've never understood why Australians bother with the drop bear myth. It's like a morgue trying to freak out visitors with a plastic fly in the complimentary punch bowl. If Aussies want to freak out foreigners, they can simply relate their own everyday encounters with deadly creatures, such as finding a funnel-web spider submerged in an air bubble in their swimming pool, or discovering a brown snake in their washing machine, or being bitten by a redback spider at the age of three and taken to the GP's office to be told, 'It's probably fine. ' These are all actual experiences Australians have related to me, unsolicited.'  (Publication abstract)

 

1 Katherine Collette : The Helpline Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , March 2019;

'Katherine Collette’s Germaine may not be ‘good with people’ but The Helpline charms and delights.'

1 Heather McNeice : Yak on Track: An Unforgettable Adventure in the Last Himalayan Kingdom Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , January 2019;

'Yak on Track shares McNeice’s 16-day trekking adventure in Bhutan, while offering a traveller’s insights into the country’s history and culture.'

1 Pre-Morbid Status Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2018 single work short story
— Appears in: Verandah , no. 33 2018; (p. 28-30)
1 Life After Genocide Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: My Name Is Revenge 2018; (p. 107-136)
'The discovery that I was racist came as a shock, as you might imagine. I'd just returned to Canada from several years in Asia and Latin America. I had a new job working with migrants, and I was volunteering with refugees. Like many Canadians, cultural diversity awareness campaigns had filled my childhood with posters featuring hands drawn in red,  blue, purple, green - all linked in a perfect circle. I believed in those hands. I thought I was living their message.' (Introduction)
 
1 The Crime of Crimes Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: My Name Is Revenge 2018; (p. 89-106)
'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 against Jews and others seems unlikely to wane, particularly as new evidence is still being released. In 2017, the Weiner Library in London made public the UN War Crimes Commission archive, 900GB of evidence collected to prosecute Nazi government officials. It's a surfeit of documentation that could lead to the rewriting of aspects of Holocaust history.' (Introduction) 
 
1 Writing Violence, Arousing Curiosity Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: My Name Is Revenge 2018; (p. 65-88) Kill Your Darlings [Online] , June 2019;

'Borne out of a manuscript longlisted for the 2017 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, Ashley Kalagian Blunt’s My Name Is Revenge is out this month with Spineless Wonders. In December 1980, two men shot a Turkish diplomat near his home in Sydney, and vanished. From this assassination in Australia, one of a series of international terrorist attacks, Kalagian Blunt’s novella traces back to the streets of 1920s Berlin and the Armenian genocide of World War I. The following is an extract from one of three companion essays.' (Publication abstract) 

1 Towers Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2018 single work short story
— Appears in: StylusLit , September no. 4 2018;
1 1 y separately published work icon My Name Is Revenge Ashley Kalagian Blunt , Strawberry Hills : Spineless Wonders , 2018 14975907 2018 selected work essay novella

'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.

'Through his brother, Vrezh meets Softie, a shadowy Armenian. Softie forces him to build a bomb by threatening to turn his brother in to the police for the assassination.

'Desperate to save his brother, Vrezh uses the bomb to murder Softie, risking his own life. His brother arrives in time to save him, but Vrezh’s injuries and the resulting rift with his family leave him disillusioned.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Gail Bell : Being Shot : A Place between Worlds Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , October 2018;

'The victim of a random unsolved shooting, in this memoir Gail Bell offers a sober contemplation of the ramifications of gun violence.' (Introduction)

1 Julie Koh Portable Curiosities. Reviewed by Ashley Kalagian Blunt Ashley Kalagian Blunt , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , August 2017;

'Portable Curiosities portrays a world of comic misery and brightly coloured heartache.'

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