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Female Monsters, a Roman Goddess and Darwin: On Womanhood and Body When You Have Cancer

"Illness can grind you down, but also reignite you." — Amal Awad

Working, Thinking

I’m at that point where even though I work and things get drawn and it’s evolving – I feel like it isn’t going anywhere.

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Stories and Poems:

I'm selling a large suitcase?

Never click the beetle. Digital writing work by Dan Hogan.


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...

in a silent way

On Writing:

This New Grub Street: The Rise of the Creative Writing Course

Is the creative writing course the new 'Grub Street'? Kim Sherwood investigates.

A Freelancer's Guide to Europe: Provence

Online editor Megan Anderson gives up a roof, friends and financial stability to write around Europe.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

My favourite game in the world is to pretend Dean is better than him and watch Jess truthers spin out. We all know that Logan was the best.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

I remember loving A Clockwork Orange. Now I’ve read it again, it’s still good – deeply unsettling, but obviously well written.