Hello

I’m Ashleigh, and this is my blog. I don’t really know what it is, but here we are.

On this blog I write about things that don’t fit anywhere else. There is stuff on memory, mental health, cycling, and animals. My proudest moment was being called ‘the philosopher poet of the bike lane’ on the website of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain. I still think about that quite a bit. I write about other things too, but those themes seem to resurface. I don’t blog frequently, just when I want to.

I’m always keen to hear your thoughts on anything I write. Please keep in mind I have an extremely thin skin and will remember anything you say for the rest of my life and until death. Drop me a comment or an email: ashleigh [dot] young [at] gmail [dot] com

(But please don’t send me advertising stuff, and please don’t send your writing to me for editorial feedback unless we already know each other and you are definitely going to buy me a beer in return.)

I work as an editor at Victoria University Press and write around the edges.

I’m on Twitter more often than I should be.

I write a fortnightly column for Canvas magazine.

Thanks for reading!

PS. A bit of media:

An interview about writing, on Tin House.

Here’s an interview in the Sunday Star-Times, in which for some reason I was photographed in a bath.

Here’s a collection of essays I wrote which you can also buy (also with Giramondo in Australia, Riverhead Books in the US, and Bloomsbury in the UK).

My latest book is a poetry collection called How I Get Ready.

My instagram, tbh mostly just pictures of Jerry, but you should follow it for that very reason.

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7 Responses to Hello

  1. B. Jeursen says:

    Hi Ashleigh,

    I heard, on the radio, a poem written by you called “Guide”. It completely stopped me in my tracks. I was about to go into the supermarket but I just sat in the car and listened with that same beautiful feeling you get when you look at a painting and it keeps drawing your eyes back to it. I couldn’t look away from your poem. Will now be following your blog.

    Regards,
    Belinda

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    • ashleighlou says:

      Hi Belinda,

      That is the loveliest thing. Thank you very very much indeed. It’s not every day that someone says they sat in the car and listened to you. I will get a lot of good mileage out of that. And thank you for following the blog!

      All the best
      Ashleigh

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  2. Hong says:

    Hi Ashleigh,

    I read GriffithReview page at https://griffithreview.com/articles/interview-with-ashleigh-young/. It mentioned that you have essay collection called “Can You Tolerate This?”. I am wondering this is a published one or where I can find the link to read.

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    • ashleighlou says:

      Hey there Hong, unfortunately my collection is, erm, as yet unpublished! I have had to revise it substantially. But I’m nearly there with it. It will probably be ready next year. Thank you for asking about it 🙂

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  3. Nathan says:

    Hi Ashleigh,

    I listened to the podcast ‘The paroxetine diaries’ today. I think it takes some courage to write/talk about these things. I’m glad you did as I stumbled across it randomly and found it very helpful.

    Wish you all the best.

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  4. Sandy says:

    I have just listened to your podcast on stuff, you are the first person that has made me think – fuck, this person thinks like i do, this person feels like i do. This person is normal and successful and living- just like me- but still doesn’t want to see what others see in themselves. Thank you for helping me see there is at least one person who understands how you can feel awesome about climbing a mountain but at the same time, want to throw yourself off it. Thank you and i will follow your blog.

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