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 write around the edges.

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

Thanks for reading!

PS. A bit of media:

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

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

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

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

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

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5 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 🙂


  3. Leon Inwood says:

    Hello Ashleigh,
    My name is Leon Inwood, and I have just found a write up on thesapling.co.nz of a meeting you had this year with Jack Lasenby. Jack’s novels had a huge impact on me as a child, and I have just recently re-read my favourites 17 years later and am astounded at the impact his works had on my formative years. As your write up was the most recent article I found about Jack Lasenby, I am asking if you would happen to have his postal address, and if so, if you would be able to forward it to me as I would be very keen to write him a letter. Many thanks in advance, and I also understand if Jack does not want to be contacted, or if you do not have record of his postal address. Many thanks, and congratulations on your writing. My contact details follow.
    Leon Inwood


    10 Branscombe St
    Wellington 6037


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