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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.

Interview with a Tinderphile

Tinder isn’t about love. That’s the first rule of Tinder. But it’s the first rule of love as well.

Catholicism Can Be Sexy: Finding Poetry In the Pews

He hung there, an object lesson in desire and its aftermath. I listened. Christ said, put your hand here. — Nancy Reddy, ‘Lent’   It was the Church that...

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

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...

Horses

Today there are horses bolting out of the sun, towards us in a snort of black heat. Close your eyes and the likeness of a sun remains somewhere, there...

The Meditations Part IV: Anne M. Carson on 'The Limits of Goodwill'

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to the thirty-third issue of Going Down Swinging. This reflection comes from Anne M. Carson on...

The Switcheroo

Every three weeks, seven-time Going Down Swinging contributor Paul Mitchell will provide insight into the practicalities of a writing life: from staying inspired to surviving.  Once people get over...