Going Down Swinging No. 35 is now on sale here!

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A Freelancer’s Guide to Europe: London+

Apparently when you tire of London you tire of life. Samuel Johnson’s iconic aphorism is plastered all over this dusty...

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Derrick Brown to tour Australia this May+

Acclaimed US writer Derrick Brown will visit Australia for the first time in late May, on a live tour supported...

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Ben Pobjie Reviews His Audience+

Comedian Ben Pobjie steps offstage to review and rate his audience at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Audience: Ben Pobjie’s...

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Two People Write Letters to each Other about Things That Happen While They are Travelling in Different Countries Even Though, Sometimes, Not a Lot Actually Happens: Part III+

Buddies Oliver Mol and GDS deputy ed Katia Pase revive the epistolary form by writing to each other – across continents....

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The Families Behind Autism Spectrum Disorder+

Unlike so many researchers of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cherie Green gets out of the lab and into the homes...

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #18 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie+

Guest reviewer Bridget Lutherborrow misreads Dai Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. (NB. This doesn’t mean that Patrick has...

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Two People Write Letters to each Other about Things That Happen While They are Travelling in Different Countries Even Though, Sometimes, Not a Lot Actually Happens: Part II+

Buddies Oliver Mol and GDS deputy ed Katia Pase revive the epistolary form by writing to each other – across continents....

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The Evolution of Language III: Klingon and Other Children+

Languages don’t just evolve: some are made up. Rafael S.W. looks at invented languages (or ‘conlangs’) and the people that...

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #17 Backlash by Susan Faludi+

Guest reviewer Caroline Tapper takes on Susan Faludi’s Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. (NB. This doesn’t mean that...

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How Digital Culture is Making You Someone Slightly Different+

When I was 25, I began to suspect I wasn’t as smart as I’d been at 20. It was a...

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The Writing Life: Truth or Myth #1 – ‘A Writer Writes, Always’+

It should be obvious that a quote about writing that has its origin in a comedy movie starring Billy Crystal...

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Spoken Wordsters: Candy Royalle+

Alicia Sometimes chats to performance poet and recent Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship recipient Candy Royalle. The Official Bio Candy Royalle...

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You’re ‘Literally’ a Grammar Nazi+

Adolfo Aranjuez considers the rise of the barb ‘grammar nazi’ – from an editor’s perspective. Some time ago, a stranger...

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Two People Write Letters to each Other about Things That Happen While They are Travelling in Different Countries Even Though, Sometimes, Not a Lot Actually Happens: Part I+

Buddies Oliver Mol and GDS deputy ed Katia Pase revive the epistolary form by writing to each other – across continents....

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #16 Babe by Dick King-Smith+

Guest reviewer Emma Wortley covers Dick King-Smith’s beloved children’s classic, Babe. (NB. This doesn’t mean that Patrick has skipped a...

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Archives: Interview with Helen Garner, 1986+

We dug up this brilliant interview with Helen Garner from the seventh issue of Going Down Swinging, published in Autumn...

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Vanessa Blakeslee on ‘Train Shots’ & Compiling Stories+

In anticipation of the launch of her short story collection tomorrow, we quiz U.S. author Vanessa Blakeslee on writing and...

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The Evolution of Language II: Composing Online Languages+

In teh beginning, there was the word. It was misspelled, confusing or substituted for numerals, but it was, to a...

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #15 The Awakening by Kate Chopin+

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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Spoken Wordsters: Jackie T+

Alicia Sometimes seeks out the most exciting spoken word artists in the land for your reading/listening pleasure. The Official Bio...

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Why Do You Write Poetry? – John Tranter+

Well, hello there 2014! Fancy meeting you here! What? Yes, of COURSE we’re going to be filling you up with...

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The Meditations: Chloe Wilson on ‘Lyudmila Pavlichenko, From the Orchard’+

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to Going Down Swinging No. 35. This...

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The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #14 Autobiography of a Face+

Guest reviewer Jodi McAlister steps in for Patrick Lenton to review Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face.

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The Meditations: Kavita Bedford on ‘The Most Northern Southern City’+

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to Going Down Swinging No. 35. This...

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The Meditations: Amaryllis Gacioppo on ‘Interstate 15′+

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to Going Down Swinging No. 35. This...

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The Evolution of Language I: Acronyms+

Hold onto your tongues as Rafael S. W. delivers the first in a series of monthly insights into the bewildering,...

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The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #13 Atonement+

Atonement is one of those beautifully crafted books that manages to evoke the feeling of looking at a misty, crumbling...

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The Meditations: Jonathon Lawrence on ‘Kujiragatari (Whale Story)’+

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to Going Down Swinging No. 35. This...

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Through a Glass™ Darkly+

Rafael S. W. tries Google Glass for the first time and considers the convenience and creepiness of digital specs.

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The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #12 As I Lay Dying+

Bridget Lutherborrow contemplates watching the grass die after attempting William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. (NB. This doesn’t mean that...

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Why Do You Write Poetry? – Initially NO+

Well, that’s it for 2013. But wait! What’s that? Could it be the sound of the bounding of six white...

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Recipes and Refuge+

When I meet with Chris Nguyen I’m irritable because I didn’t bring a pen and even the trees are shivering...

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Food for Thought: The Birth of the SecondBite Poetry Prize+

Anne M. Carson looks at some of the grassroots efforts being made to tackle social issues of food waste and...

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Ships in the Night: GDS Hits Perth+

As we prepare for Going Down Swinging’s first-ever WA launch, our Perth-based deputy ed Simon Cox reflects on the Perth...

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The Writing Life: 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...

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The Party That Was+

A week on from the launch of Going Down Swinging No. 35, Program Coordinator Ali Macalister-Bills sums up the night...

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Review: ‘Disturbance’ by Ivy Alvarez+

We are all, in some essence, perverted crime-gazers. We are shadows of observation, investigating from a cloud-like posse of spectators....

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The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #11 The Art of War+

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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Behind a GDS Launch Party+

What goes into a GDS launch party? General manager Em Andersen reflects on the madness of party prep time as...

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