Bethanie Blanchard is a freelance writer and critic based in Melbourne.
Her writing centres on literature, arts and culture, and has appeared in The Guardian, The Monthly, The Australian, The Age, ABC The Drum, The Big Issue, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Spook, Seizure, Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Killings and The Wheeler Centre, amongst others.
She has appeared on panels at the Melbourne Writers Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival, Express Media’s NEWS Conference, the National Young Writers’ Festival and Critical Animals.
Bethanie has a regular books segment on ABC Radio National Summer Breakfast, and has been a guest on Triple J Sunday Night Safran, ABC Radio National Drive, ABC Radio National Books & Arts Daily, and literary podcasts The Rereaders, JOMAD and Artsmitten.
Bethanie is a recipient of the ‘Australian Postgraduate Award’ prestigious research scholarship and has recently completed a Master of Arts in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She has tutored in literary censorship and contemporary literature.
In 2012 she was awarded a CAL Scholarship to attend the Writer-in-Residence Mentor program at Varuna.