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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.

Looking For Daisy Pearce

Anastasia Kanjere on growing up with AFL legend Daisy Pearce.

I Believe in Magic

It’s Christmas Eve, 2006. I’m in Newcastle, spending Christmas with my family. In Newcastle the air is cool even in summer and it feels rich with magic, the way...

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Irish Orphan Immigration

New spoken word and poetry from GDS contributor Tiggy Johnson, who also provides a commentary on the creative work that emerged from her research into the Earl Grey Scheme of...

The Bedroom Philosopher Tour Diary #2

2. Excerpt from The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries — the new book from Justin Heazlewood Saturday August 14. Hobart. Brisbane Hotel. All Ages. Gig Vibe: 4.5 Venue treatment: 6 Band...

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?’

Disappointing Japonica

Jennifer Compton revisits, ponders and critiques one of her earlier poems, ‘Woman With Japonica’, from her first book of poetry. I went out for a walk and a wander...