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

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.

The Psychopath in Our Every Word

Lara S. Williams on the psychological traits shared by psychopaths and writers.

Stealing from the Past

Jenny Sinclair explores why, and how, historical fiction is worthwhile – through the life of Queen Victoria's would-be assassin, Edward Oxford.

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Glorious Kingdom

He’s waiting for me. He’s just sitting there, in his car in the parking lot outside the store, biding his time.

Notes from the Desperate Capitol of Somnopolis

It reeked of sleep. Somnopolis. It reeked of insomniac worry and disquiet, and thwarted escape. Because we are all poets or babies in the middle of the night, struggling...

Rob McGere Bogs It In

Rob McGere, alias Paul Mitchell, ponders poetry from the construction site ahead of his Melbourne Fringe performance, Being a Wheel Family. This is one of them Bogs, isn’t it?...

PRISM International: Al Purdy Versus Earle Birney (Letter Excerpts)

Once a month we're swapping articles with Canadian literary magazine PRISM to share our writers with a wider audience.