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Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 and producing sensational, sold-out live events.
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Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 and producing sensational, sold-out live events.
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Where fierce, fresh writing lives. Here you’ll find opinions, profiles, poetry, stories, reviews, treasures from our archives and food for the mind. All the things you need to go down swinging.

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Everything from sound projects to spoken word, from past editions and new content commissioned for online publication.

Roald Dahl, Ugliness and Morality

Marta Skrabacz examines Roald Dahl's ideas of beauty and morality on his 100th birthday.

The Ghosts a Biography Summons: Rider Haggard at Ditchingham House

Hannah Garrard explores the ghosts of Victorian author Sir Rider Haggard – through the traces left by his home at Ditchingham House, Norfolk. Memories lie slumbering within us for...

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Edgar Allan Poe: The Complete Tales and Poems

Eviction

On a bitter Sunday in November, in the middle of the second world war, my great-grandfather shut the kitchen door on his wife’s voice.   Her threats sliced the...

Sarah White Says Thanks

Following on from Going With Fergus, Z. P. Heller searches for the serendipitous moment in Scotland. There were no otters in Otter Haven that afternoon, at least none we...

Library of Congress

Teaching Poetry under Bunjil

Paul Mitchell reflects on his experience running Australian Poetry-sponsored workshops with the Aboriginal community at Lake Tyers, Victoria. I’m standing on the balcony of the Lake Tyers Indigenous Training...

What are your Words Worth?

Paul Mitchell considers the question of vocation when it comes to writing and its worth. A true story: one of Australia’s leading writers is watching a documentary. A surgeon...