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

On this blog I often write about memory, mental health, cycling, and inconsequential things that wouldn’t fit anywhere else. 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 time and again. I don’t blog all that frequently, just when I want to.

I’m always keen to hear your thoughts on anything I write. Even if it’s bad. 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 a creative writing tutor at the International Institute of Modern Letters.

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

Thanks for reading.

PS. A bit of media:

Here’s an interview from early 2014 on the Griffith Review site. I raved on a bit.

Here’s an interview I did in 2012 with extraordinary poet Hera Lindsay Bird on the Pantograph Punch.

Here’s a collection of poetry I wrote which you can buy.


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4 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.



    • 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


  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.


    • 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      Hey there Hong, unfortunately my collection is, erm, as yet unpublished!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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