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

A Brilliant Fantastic Great Interview with Pi O

We found this explosion of an interview – A Brilliant Fantastic Great Interview with Pi O – in the sixth issue of Going Down Swinging, published in Spring 1984.

A Fan Letter Never Sent Because I Was Too Much A Coward

A fan letter to Terry Pratchett, finally sent.

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Edgar Allan Poe: The Complete Tales and Poems

Janis Ian remembers

photographs – watercolours of the past, but I remember , the coffee rings of old regrets And the smell and the taste of you, you who used to smoke,...

Sir Tramsalot

Your daily commute will never be the same. By Ben Hutchings.

Why Do You Write Poetry? – Frank X. Walker

Adam Ford tracks down poets and asks them the most difficult of questions: ‘Why do you write poetry?’

My First Orgy

The Value of Writing

First, a pop quiz: which of these three statements is true? 1. When I went to school, I learnt to swim. I am now an Olympic swimmer. 2. I...