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‘Angie Hart Made Me Want to Move to Melbourne’: Stories of Loving a Local Singer

Kill Your Darlings’ Julia Tulloh writes on Angie Hart’s commissioned performance at the Going Down Swinging Issue #33 launch in September 2012. Read the original article here. Read about the Angie Hart...

You Are You Speaking for When You Speak Not-Man?

Briohny Doyle examines the criticisms of racism levelled at Lena Durham's Girls.

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The Bedroom Philosopher Tour Diary #4

#4 Excerpt from The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries — the new book from Justin Heazlewood Sunday August 14. Burnie. Burnie Arts & Function Centre. Gig vibe: 7 Venue treatment: 7.5...


"We stand for the national anthem of a country the world likes to pretend doesn’t exist."

On Writing:

The Art of Rejection

Former GDS editor Adam Ford on the art of the rejection letter.

The Meditations Part V: Melissa Howard on 'The Beginner's Guide to Travelling With Children'

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 Melissa Howard on her piece...

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Beloved by Toni Morrison

I didn't want to read this book. I had a vague idea of what it was about – harrowing slavery, a woman with a dead baby.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

I’ve never been a fan of Charles Dickens. Not since grade five, when I starred as Starving Orphan #12 in that great classic, Oliver Twist.