Ashley Kalagian Blunt - My Name is Revenge

Wednesday 24 July 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Ticket $10.00, Book (My Name Is Revenge) $24.99
Tickets available until 24 July 2019 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

Join a Salon of emerging writers at the launch of Ashley Kalagian Blunt's novella and collected essays My Name is Revenge.

On 17 December 1980, at 9:47 am, two men shot the Turkish consul-general to Sydney and his bodyguard near the consul’s home in Vaucluse. The assassins aimed, fired, and vanished.

A finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award, My Name Is Revenge is a novella set in 1980s Sydney and based on true events.

From the assassination in Australia, one of a series of international terrorist attacks, the story traces back to the streets of 1920s Berlin and the Armenian genocide of World War I. Three companion essays provide historical context.

'Informed by a passion to express the haunting of almost unimaginable historical crimes, and the tragic shapes that vengeance for those crimes can take...Kalagian Blunt expertly and compassionately examines the nature of truth and its representation via the conjunction of fiction and essay.' Carmel Bird, Patrick White Literary Award winner

'Ashley Kalagian Blunt weaves a mostly-forgotten strand of our history into a compelling contemporary crime story. My Name Is Revenge manages to be both unflinching in its depiction of inherited hatreds and compassionate about the experience of living with the terrible aftermath of a genocide that the world has largely ignored.' Emily Maguire, author of An Isolated Incident

'A heartfelt and gripping story of family, hardship and resilience.' Candice Fox

Ashley Kalagian Blunt's writing appears in Griffith Review, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Big Issue, Westerly, Kill Your Darlings and more.

Her Armenian travel memoir was shortlisted for the 2018 Impress Prize for New Writers and the 2017 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award, and received a 2015 Varuna PIP residency.

Ashley is an award-winning speaker. She’s appeared at Story Club, Little Fictions and Noted Festival, and is a Moth StorySLAM winner. She has chaired events for Writing NSW, the National Young Writers’ Festival and Sydney Writers’ Festival (forthcoming May 2019).

She has a decade of experience in teaching and curriculum design, including many years working with adults. She completed a Master of Research in creative writing and has previously lived and worked in Canada, South Korea, Peru and Mexico.

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