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James and Ashley are staying at home. Partly because there’s a pandemic, partly because they’re writers, and partly because of their health. Through discussions and interviews with other writers, they’ll try to inspire, build fellowship and entertain, or at the very least, explore how staying at home has its benefits.

Ashley Kalagian Blunt is author of two books, How to Be Australian, a memoir, and My Name Is Revenge, a thriller novella and collected essays. My Name is Revenge was a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards. Her writing appears in Griffith Review, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Big Issue, Westerly, Kill Your Darlings and more. She lives and works in Sydney, NSW. Find her on Twitter or visit her website.

James McKenzie Watson writes short and novel length fiction. His novel Denizen was shortlisted for the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize, received a 2021 Varuna Residential Fellowship and 2021 KSP Fellowship, and was highly commended for the 2020 Writing NSW Varuna Fellowships. His short fiction has been recognised in competitions including the International InkTears Flash Fiction Contest and the Grieve Writing Competition, and featured in publications such as Baby Teeth Journal and Brave Voices Magazine. He works as a nurse in regional NSW. Find him on Twitter or visit his website.

Ashley Kalagian Blunt and James McKenzie Watson

Mar 16, 2021

James and Ashley interview Kavita Bedford, author of the novel 'Friends & Dark Shapes.' In it, they discuss the isolation and anonymity that comes with modern city living, the implications this disconnect has for those grieving, and the troubled relationship Sydney millennials have with their city and its identity.

Learn more about Kavita on her website, and buy a copy of 'Friends & Dark Shapes' from your local bookshop, Booktopia or wherever else books are sold.

Books and authors discussed in this episode:

  • Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli
  • Teju Cole
  • Olivia Lang
  • Sheila Heti
  • Rachel Cusk
  • Jenny Offill
  • Elizabeth Strout
  • Disoriental by Négar Djavadi
  • The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen
  • Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon
  • Deepfakes by Nina Schick 

Get in touch!

Ashley's Website: ashleykalagianblunt.com

Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt

James' Website: jamesmckenziewatson.com

James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson