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A Short History of Melbourne Art

The Depressionist movement emerged at the turn of the century with a group of Melbourne-based artists whose mild disappointment with almost everything could no longer go unexpressed.

Video: Rudyard Kipling Animation

Our digital editor, Vanessa Hughes, has been working on a new series of short animations exploring the Just So Stories of beloved children’s author Rudyard Kipling. Using her favoured...

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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...

PRISM International: Tweeting Stories

Social media isn’t exactly new, but it’s still something that writers have only recently begun experimenting with.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

What I thought was a mildly challenging, but gently beautiful book, was in fact one of those not-as-rare-as-I’d-like texts that might actually send me mad.

Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie basically follows a kind of Mean Girls meets She’s All That narrative, except there’s a whole bunch of traumatic menstruation-based bullying, and after our protagonist goes through her...