Kaitlyn Blythe (formerly Kaitlyn Plyley) is a Melbourne-based writer and host of Just A Spoonful podcast. Kaitlyn’s writing has been published by The Lifted Brow, VICE, Daily Life, Seizure, Junkee and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Now a resident of Melbourne, Kaitlyn grew up in Cairns and Perth. She also spent the latter half of her twenties living in Brisbane for no particular reason.
Kaitlyn has trained in storytelling under teachers from LA’s The Moth and NYC’s Upright Citizens Brigade. A founding member of Perth’s popular Barefaced Stories, she has performed true stories from her life at festivals around Australia, and created a workshop series for Brisbane’s Yarn Storytelling.
A former Australian Poetry Slam national finalist, Kaitlyn has a collection of her spoken word poetry in the 2013 Fremantle Press anthology Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets. In 2014 she developed and toured her debut solo show Not Much To Tell You, a combination of stand up comedy, personal stories and poetry.
In 2019 Kaitlyn was selected as one of The Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowship recipients, and appeared in their Next Big Thing showcase. She also received a 2019 Copyright Agency IGNITE grant to work on her unpublished book manuscript about chronic illness, Suddenly 80. In 2021, Kaitlyn received a City Of Melbourne Arts Grants as well as a grant from Regional Arts Victoria’s Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative to produce a live event for her podcast Just A Spoonful.
Kaitlyn is a disabled queer woman. She lives with and writes about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Her pronouns are she/her.