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Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Ashley Kalagian Blunt is the author of How to Be Australian (2020). Her first book, My Name Is Revenge (2019), explores connections between Australia and the Armenian genocide. Her writing appears in Griffith Review, Sydney Review of Books, Kill Your Darlings, and other publications. She co-hosts James and Ashley Stay at Home, a podcast about writing, creativity, and health.

Ashley Kalagian Blunt reviews 'When We Dead Awaken: Australia, New Zealand and the Armenian Genocide' by James Robins

May 2021, no. 431 26 April 2021
In 1969, an Anzac veteran visiting Gallipoli fell into conversation with a retired Turkish school teacher. The teacher had with him a guidebook featuring a quote from Şükrü Kaya, the former head of the Ottoman Directorate for the Settlement of Tribes and Immigrants. The quote came from a 1953 interview Kaya gave, in which he recalled a 1934 speech he made on behalf of Mustafa Kemal, a sentiment ... (read more)

Ashley Kalagian Blunt reviews 'Amnesia Road: Landscape, violence and memory' by Luke Stegemann

March 2021, no. 429 22 February 2021
In 2019, the Spanish government exhumed the remains of General Francisco Franco from the Valley of the Fallen memorial to relocate them, bringing the controversial dictator alive in national debate in a way he hadn’t been for decades. Franco’s wasn’t the only body to resurface in Spain. Of the 170,000 non-combatants – innocent people – murdered during the Spanish Civil War of 1936–38, ... (read more)