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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.

Kim Ho and 'The Language of Love'

Have you heard of The Language of Love? You probably should have. Stephen Fry tweeted about it. It went viral on YouTube. It crashed a website. And it was...

Mardi Gras Night

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

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

Excerpt from 'The Old Woman's Tale'

This is a sneak preview from our up-coming Going Down Swinging #33 from the story The Old Woman’s Tale by Robin  Davidson. We will be launching the new GDS...

Alternate Histories

I’d been thinking about how I could fuse my music and prose writing, listening to plenty of Lou Reed and Paul Kelly and Belle & Sebastian, all of whom...

What are your Words Worth?

Paul Mitchell considers the question of vocation when it comes to writing and its worth. A true story: one of Australia’s leading writers is watching a documentary. A surgeon...

Jigsaw Puzzle Writing

There are two things that most like to do during these achingly long January days. I like to write and I like to do jigsaw puzzles. I’ve never understood...