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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.

Mardi Gras Night

Kavita Bedford on Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras night in Sydney.

What It Really Means to Graduate in the Arts

Four years of mental, physical and psychic exhaustion culminated in receiving a (bent) Do Not Bend envelope containing four pieces of paper.

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

Excerpt from 'Atlas Dharma'

This is a sneak preview from our up-coming Going Down Swinging #33 from a collaboration between Cate Kennedy and Simon MacEwan. We will be launching the new GDS #33...

Election

Una Cruickshank’s satirical take on the 2013 federal election – Scout-style. The meeting convened in the Scout hall at exactly 7pm. Having made sure that all the parents had...

How to Make a Buck in the Henhouse

So The Monthly’s editor, John van Tiggelen, recently made public his spat with former editor (now Good Weekend editor) Ben Naparstek. If you didn’t catch it, it was all...

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?’