The Going Down Swinging team is in the midst of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts in time for the release of edition #40. To get you in the mood for our launch on Saturday November 16, we want to introduce you to our incredible lineup of performers who’ll be showcasing their work from the book. 

Wrapping up the lineup is Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino-Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend. One day, she is going to be an ideas curator. Which basically means, she will tell you exactly what she thinks. Until then, you’ll have to read between the lines. Her chapbook, A Leaving, is available through Vagabond Press and you can find her live album via One Night Wonders for Going Down Swinging.

Tell us about your piece from GDS #40, in ten words or less.

 It’s inspired by Samuel R Delany’s 1969 Nebula Award winning story.

(The title is too long to get in the 10 words, but it’s called ‘Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones’.)

Where have your creative endeavours been taking you recently?

I’m working on a new manuscript: two in fact. I’m collaborating with a musician, Tom Hogan, for a setting of twelve poems for a performance in December, and relishing the time and space to read more.

What’s your favourite piece from Going Down Swinging’s history, and why?

‘Cells, Dying’ by Andy Jackson, from GDS #27. I love Andy’s writing, the devastating clarity of his gaze. I love the hard work that all his sentences do.

 If you could have forty pieces of something, what would that something be?

Perfect op shop finds. Shirts that make you say, “aw yeah” and crazy shoes that say, “why not?”

Going Down Swinging #40 launches 7pm Saturday 16 November at Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Tickets are just $5, or $35 to get your copy of this shiny new edition at the door. Make sure you stay up to date on the Facebook event page – we’ll see you there.