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After 35 years, GDS needs your help to stay alive. Our Survival Drive is off to a flyer, but there’s...

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The Importance of Writing It Down+

Yesterday, I had a brilliant idea for this column. I stood in the doorway of my lounge room and thought,...

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #27 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley+

This week’s Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is covered by guest reviewer Marlee Jane Ward. Marlee is a Sydney writer who studied...

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Jessica Alice at One Night Wonders – I’ve Been Wondering About How Dinosaurs Had Sex+

Before Derrick Brown took to the One Night Wonders stage back in May, the night was opened by Anthony O’Sullivan...

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Anthony O’Sullivan live at One Night Wonders – Poem for the Anthem for a Generation+

Before Derrick Brown took to the One Night Wonders stage back in May, the night was opened by the talents...

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PRISM International: Our Favourite Writing from Canadian Lit Mags+

Once a month we're swapping articles and interviews with Canadian literary magazine PRISM to share our writers with a wider...

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Poesis Ex Machina: Non-Human Language and Mechanic Poetry+

Poetry has long been a way of trying to come to terms with something we don’t fully understand. In the...

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A Freelancer’s Guide to Europe: Provence+

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

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Psychological Shopping: Coles+

Can a shopping aisle have the emotional effect of a Broadway musical or a literary canon? Oliver Mol reviews aisle nine...

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Why I Went to Lebanon+

Australian freelance journalist Fiona Broom on travelling to Lebanon, ignoring government warnings, and following a madman.

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Library of Congress+

We sat and listened to the rain fall. Me and Eduard nursing our whiskies. Ice disappearing, drinks turned oil spills....

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Open Readings and How to Botch Them+

Paul Mitchell on open readers at poetry evenings – and the bad first impressions that can be made.

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That Tiny Spark of Here and Now: Writing from Hungary’s Archives+

Kim Sherwood travels to Hungary to research material for her novel on the Hungarian Holocaust and explores the significance of...

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Scott Wings: Voices from the Edinburgh Fringe+

Scott Wings captures the monologues of the Edinburgh Fringe after premiering his show Icarus Falling

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Derrick Brown’s Live Album is Here: Try a Free Sample+

Derrick Brown’s live album is ready for release, and we’ve never been prouder of anything. The first One Night Wonders...

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South Africa at Edinburgh Fringe: Interview with Nat Ramabulana+

We spoke to Nat Ramabulana from Hayani, a South African play that questions the identity of this transitional society.

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PRISM International: Tweeting Stories+

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

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Listen in: An Exclusive Anis Mojgani Track as His Oz Tour Kicks Off+

There is something about Anis Mojgani that makes you like him as soon as he starts talking. The legendary American...

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Talking in Dead Tongues+

Languages die like people. Sometimes it’s a gentle goodnight; other times it’s sudden and violent.

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #26 A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy+

This week’s Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is covered by guest reviewer Sally Evans. Sally is a poet and lecturer/tutor based...

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The Poetry of Food: Awarding the SecondBite Prize+

The topic of food has long been a lively muse for the creative mind – think sensual stimulation, social ritual,...

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Psychological Shopping: Harvey Norman+

Can a shopping aisle have the emotional effect of a Broadway musical or a new flick? Oliver Mol reviews aisle nine...

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #25 The Bielski Brothers by Peter Duffy+

In Gilmore Girls, aka the best show ever written, bright-eyed Rory Gilmore is continually seen reading a wide array of...

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PRISM International: Excerpt from ‘This is How I Remember You’+

Once a month we’re swapping articles with Canadian literary mag PRISM to share our writers with a wider international...

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Sometimes Cancer Has to Be Hilarious+

Cancer isn’t funny, but it’s definitely good for a laugh. Anyone who’s heard Tig Notaro’s famous comedy set performed in shock...

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #24 Bitch by Elizabeth Wurtzel+

This week’s Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is covered by guest reviewer Marlee Jane Ward. Marlee is a Sydney writer with...

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Psychological Shopping: Target+

Can a shopping aisle have the emotional effect of a Fringe show or a new flick? Oliver Mol reviews aisle nine at...

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What It Really Means to Graduate in the Arts+

My graduation ceremony was rather unceremonious. No silk robes, no shaking the hand of someone I know I should recognise,...

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The Sensitive Artist’s Guide to the World Cup+

So, you’re an artist. And naturally, you hate sport. That’s OK. That’s just part of your creative soul. Those of...

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #23 The Bhagavad Gita+

I’ve actually tried to read the Bhagavad Gita before, back in university. I was doing this amazing course in Indian...

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A Freelancer’s Guide to Europe: True Stories from Edinburgh Share Houses+

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

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New Slang+

“Slang,” as the Bard once said, “is some wicked sick shit.”

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PRISM International: An Interview with Jean Kwok+

Going Down Swinging is going global. Once a month we’re swapping articles with Canadian literary mag, PRISM international.

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Sender Beware: Editorial Bias in Australian Poetry+

Paul Mitchell examines the editorial biases at work in the Australian poetry community.

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #22 Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney+

In Gilmore Girls, aka the best show ever written, bright-eyed Rory Gilmore is continually seen reading a wide array of...

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The (Public) Space Invaders+

Tyne Daile Sumner challenges our sincerity when dealing with each other in packed spaces.

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Spoken Wordsters: Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz+

The Official Bio Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is the author of six books of poetry (including Dear Future Boyfriend, Hot Teen...

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Crowdsourcing Stories with Amazon’s Mechanical Turk+

Entrepreneur of absurdities Adam Grant (Jafflechutes) shares a time-travelling story from his curiously curated blog, Eggs on Toast with Thyme....

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Stealing From the Past+

Jenny Sinclair explores why, and how, historical fiction is worthwhile – through the life of Queen Victoria’s would-be assassin, Edward...

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Why You Can’t Bend Language to your Will+

As with everything to do with humans, getting some kind of change to occur is a laborious process. So the...

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