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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.

 
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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LISTEN

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

Psychological Shopping: Harvey Norman

Can a shopping aisle have the emotional effect of a Broadway musical or a new flick? Oliver Mol reviews aisle nine at shopping centres across Australia.

Video: Rudyard Kipling Animation

Our digital editor, Vanessa Hughes, has been working on a new series of short animations exploring the Just So Stories of beloved children’s author Rudyard Kipling. Using her favoured...

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

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

Excerpt from 'The Novel Teacher'

This is a sneak preview from our up-coming Going Down Swinging #33 from Eric Yoshiaki Dando’s short story The Novel Teacher. We will be launching the new GDS #33...

The Poetry of Food: Awarding the SecondBite Prize

The topic of food has long been a lively muse for the creative mind – think sensual stimulation, social ritual, folk traditions, nourishment, and its converse, deprivation. The inaugural...

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...

The Meditations: Amaryllis Gacioppo on 'Interstate 15'

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to Going Down Swinging No. 35. This reflection comes from Amaryllis Gacioppo on her piece ‘Interstate 15’....