Kaitlyn Blythe (née 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’s inner north, Kaitlyn grew up in Perth and then 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.
Kaitlyn is a disabled queer woman. She lives with and writes about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Her pronouns are she/her.
Words about Kaitlyn:
“If you’ve never heard the name Kaitlyn Plyley, then you’ve probably at least heard her voice. Or seen her face. Or read her words. She’s a master story teller, broadcaster, poet and writer on the Brisbane arts scene, and best of all, has the real gift of the gab.” – Concrete Playground
“Her warm and personal style weaves poetry, storytelling and comedy into a captivating concoction.” – The Courier-Mail
“Kaitlyn Plyley may be a genius … Clearly defined, eloquent and thought-provoking … Plyley brought the house down.” – Matthew Giles
“Hilarious … Side-splitting.” – Colosoul
“Kaitlyn’s story instantly caught the audience ... Delivered with style and passion.” – Theatre Australia
“Set audience members groaning in agreeance” – Perth Now
Kaitlyn (second from the left) on a panel at the 2017 OzPod conference in Sydney.