Going Down Swinging was in Newcastle at the beginning of the month doing some recordings for the National Young Writers’ Festival Press Room.

Because we like sharing, we thought we’d make the best of these available to our online readers.


Karen Pickering’s Cherchez La Femme was hosted at Newcastle’s The Grand Hotel, with a lively audience happily armed with lots of wine and gravy doused chips. Cherchez La Femme is fondly described as “Melbourne’ premier feminist pub talkshow”, tackling pop culture and current affairs from a feminist angle with plenty of wit, wisdom, and insight.

Karen Pickering hosted two panels – featuring Brodie Lancaster, Alex Farrar, Neha Kale, Lex Hirst, Rebecca Harkins-Cross and Heidi Pett – that touched on everything from Kim Kardashian to community radio and romance novels.

October 4, 2013 – with Karen Pickering, Brodie Lancaster, Alex Farrar, Neha Kale, Lex Hirst, Rebecca Harkins-Cross and Heidi Pett.

Music: Fun Machine, ‘Alchemist’
Recorded for the Press Room at the 2013 National Young Writers’ Festival, Newcastle
Equipment courtesy of Going Down Swinging