45 episodes

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, they explore the big questions: how do books get written? How do people live with chronic illness? And just what ARE you reading? Hosted by James McKenzie Watson, winner of the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize, and Ashley Kalagian Blunt, author of 'How to Be Australian.'

James and Ashley Stay at Home James McKenzie Watson and Ashley Kalagian Blunt

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

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, they explore the big questions: how do books get written? How do people live with chronic illness? And just what ARE you reading? Hosted by James McKenzie Watson, winner of the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize, and Ashley Kalagian Blunt, author of 'How to Be Australian.'

    Writing the book you need with Jacinta Deitrich, author of 'This Is Us Now'

    Writing the book you need with Jacinta Deitrich, author of 'This Is Us Now'

    James and Ashley speak with Melbourne-based author Jacinta Dietrich about her debut book 'This Is Us Now', which explores a young couple's relationship as one of them faces a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Jacinta discusses how cancer treatment 'suppresses every part of a relationship', her decision to write the book she needed to read, and how she managed to write honestly about difficult feelings. 

    • 39 min
    Bonus episode! CSI: TASMANIA, the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival

    Bonus episode! CSI: TASMANIA, the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival

    CSI: TASMANIA, the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival, is happening 27 & 28 November 2021, and it's entirely online! In this bonus ep, James and Ashley speak to festival director and author LJM Owen about this year's festival highlights. (This isn't a paid promo, we just love connecting readers and writers.)  

    • 18 min
    Losing your baby legs: James and Ashley discuss relapse and recovery

    Losing your baby legs: James and Ashley discuss relapse and recovery

    James is back! He and Ashley chat about his recent CIDP relapse and ongoing recovery, and how his perspective on living with chronic illness had shifted. Thankfully, the steroids haven't affected his sense of humour.

    • 33 min
    Ashley Stays at Home

    Ashley Stays at Home

    Ashley's on her own again, and without James around, things get really earnest really fast. She shares ten of her favourite quotes from a variety of books, summarising 'The Most True Things She Knows About Life and Writing' (one of them, at least, is funny.) Then she does a deepdive #WhatAreYouReading into Rutger Bregman's 'Humankind: A Hopeful History,' recommended by recent guest Lyn Yeowart.

    • 20 min
    Misdiagnosing Van Gogh with author and editor Heather Taylor-Johnson

    Misdiagnosing Van Gogh with author and editor Heather Taylor-Johnson

    When Heather Taylor-Johnson was diagnosed with Ménière's disease at age 25, one of the many things it meant was quitting skydiving. She discusses how more than two decades of living with chronic illness have inspired her writing and led to the anthology 'Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Illness and Chronic Pain'. She also shares Van Gogh's misdiagnosis with her condition, describes how a year of studying art has changed her writing process, and tells us about her latest book, 'Rhymes with Hyenas'.

    • 39 min
    Vigilante justice with David Heska Wanbli Weiden, author of Winter Counts

    Vigilante justice with David Heska Wanbli Weiden, author of Winter Counts

    James and Ashley interview David Heska Wanbli Weiden about his multi-award-winning debut novel 'Winter Counts.' In it, they discuss the shocking American laws that let crimes on Native American Reservations go unpunished, the importance of food in cultural reclamation, and the marvel of Carhenge.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

mrpooplyt ,

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Late to the party but have just subscribed to James and Ashley Stay at Home. First ep was laugh out loud funny. I immediately warmed to James (who I’ve never met) and so great to connect with Ashley in a different space / platform. This combo of writing and health (physical and mental) is a form that I think will resonate with so many listeners. I’m 5 eps in already and 27 to go! Looking forward to hearing from some of my favourite authors through James’ and Ashley’s very particular style of interviewing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Edit: caught up to ep 37. Still thoroughly enjoying. My new fav podcast.
Question: why does my reviewer name come up as mrpooplyt?? 😂😂😂

Kiwishelley ,

James and Ashley are the writing friends I need!

Funny, smart and empathic. Can only recommend highly.

Dee Dee Pope ,

Smart, interesting, funny

Love these hosts, and really enjoy the smart, interesting conversations about writing and health

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