About Ashley


Ashley is a poet, novelist and teacher living in Australia.

He’s the author of six poetry collections and two novels and was poetry editor for Page Seventeen from issues 8-10. He also moderates online renku group Issa’s Snail.

He teaches English, Media Studies and Music Production, has played in a metal band, worked in an art gallery and slaved away at music retail. Aside from reading and writing, Ashley loves volleyball and Studio Ghibli – and Magnum PI, easily one of the greatest television shows ever made.

His first collection of poetry pollen and the storm was published with the assistance of Small Change Press in 2008, and his second collection Stepping Over Seasons (2009) is available from Interactive Press. A haiku chapbook Orion Tips the Saucepan was published by Picaro Press in 2010. His most recent releases include poetry collections between giants and old stone available through Ginninderra Press.

His work can be found in a variety of print and online publications in Australia (and even once exhibited on public transport in Melbourne) and a few overseas. He has worked in community arts where he assisted with exhibitions, organised short story competitions and poetry gigs, and in music retail while completing a double degree in Arts/Education at Monash University. A little while back his work was awarded a commendation in the Rosemary Dobson Poetry Prize and in 2009 he won the Ipswich Open Poetry Award with the poem ‘shell.’

Photo by Elleni Toumpas, QPF 2011

Between 2002 and 2006 he co-edited small print magazine Egg (Poetry) and was involved with several online publications after – holland1945 a journal of image and text, and kipple, a simple poetry blog. In addition to this, he moderates collaborative renku site Issa’s Snail and collaborative verse site The Poetry Slave. Ashley was also poetry editor for Page Seventeen across issues 8 – 11.

His personal highlight for 2011 was performing at the Queensland Poetry Festival – details can be found scattered around his blog and even somewhere tucked away among the trivia and pirated music on youtube. A little while back his work has appeared in Best Australian Poems 2012 something which thrilled and surprised him.

In 2014, Ashley’s first novel, City of Masks, will be released through Snapping Turtle Books. You can read more about it here. He also released a contemporary fantasy/magic-realism novel The Fairy Wren.

Ashley occasionally dabbles in film and music and finds himself constantly awed by the simple beauty of haiku.

Contact: mountain0ash[at]gmail[dot]com     (the ‘o’ is a zero)

21 responses to “About Ashley”

  1. Can you give me examples of 80’s cartoon shows?

  2. Yeah! Sure can, Gabrielle! Classic stuff like ‘Astro Boy’ with all the ethical questions about what it is to be human, and the well-meaning ‘moral of the story’ from He-Man – good stuff like that! 🙂 What else…some of these may actually have been re-runs in the 90s too, but ‘Voltron’ was another childhood fav – wait, one more – and this was 90s (but early) the Tintin cartoon series. Pretty nerdy of me, huh?

  3. Nerdy is the new cool – didn’t you know. You must be younger than me. I wrote a poem called Cartoon Life and later I realised that they were all the older type cartoons. It’s on my blog in the poetry section. Love Tintin (but the books – I haven’t seen the movies) and Astro Boy is cool.

  4. Yes! The comics are amazing – I’ve been raiding old school libraries for copies that no-one hires out anymore! The TV series was quite good – only 1 or 2 seasons, a joint project between Canada and someone else I think. Jumping over to check the cartoon poem now!

  5. I’ve got the whole tintin collection – from when I was a kid – my Dad used to buy us (there was 4 of us kids) one each birthday and Christmas. I didn’t know about the tv series.

  6. I’m very jealous! I’ve only 2 at the moment – both the moon ones with a ‘making of’ added in, all combined into a nice hardback.

    It’s possibly out there to rent on DVD? I know you can buy it, worth a look one day if you stumble across it – the tv series did quite a few of the comics and was quite faithful

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  10. Hi Ashley,

    Nice meeting you here! 🙂

    I had a joyful ride in your blog and am gladly following. Have a lovely day, my friend! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    1. Hi Subhan,

      Fantastic, glad you saw some stuff you liked, appreciate you taking the time to let me know you visited!

      1. Sure! It is obvious that you are talented! 🙂

        Subhan Zein

  11. Hi Ashley – Don’t know how but I came across your Paul Rothschild post, the interview was fascinating. Paul produced my second album LOST GENERATION and now like another of his former artists, I rest in Paris, although still vertical. Have a few private questions I’d like to ask you as well. Very nice poetry by the way. Best, Elliott Murphy

    1. Hi Elliott, wow, thank you! I’ll send you an e-mail, thanks for reading and I really appreciate the compliment!

  12. Hey there Ashley, Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog and the follow, hope you liked what you saw. Looking forward to seeing more from you, 🙂

    1. Hi Ed! Will definitely keep visiting, loved the Timahoe sequence – especially #4 🙂
      Glad you’ve enjoyed my shots – I’m certainly not a photographer, but took a lot of shots in Italy that I’m slowly posting!

  13. […] has offered to throw in one of his books and I am very very happy to be able to offer this too. Ashley is an Australian Poet, Editor and teacher (I hope it is the right order) which I am happy to know for […]

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  15. Hi Ashley
    I am enjoying your site. I am currently studying a BA Communications (Internet Studies) online and am running a blog as part of that. On of the exercises is to make a comment and begin a conversation. I haven’t had much luck in getting any conversations going and it occurred to me that time management for bloggers would be a pretty big issue. You seem to have a pretty busy life/schedule, so how do you manage your time, for example, to answer comments on blogs. Is it just a polite thanks? or do you ever enter a longer conversation? Do you even schedule any time and just randomly attend to your different interests? Be really interested.

    1. Hey! Thanks for reading 🙂 I’d love to try help – excellent question, I’ll be back ASAP to answer properly

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