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Finding the Will+

Willpower. We need it in so many aspects of our lives, and yet it can be so hard to come...

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Positions Vacant: General Manager, Digital Editor+

Going Down Swinging is looking for a new General Manager, and for a Digital Editor. Part of Australian literature since...

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Spoken Wordsters: Ebony MonCrief+

Alabama-raised Ebony MonCrief is a writer, performance poet, speaker and MC.

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A Fan Letter Never Sent Because I Was Too Much A Coward+

Terry Pratchett: I meant to write to you sooner (isn’t that always the way?), but in my case ‘sooner’ meant...

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Lessons in Self-Sabotage+

After releasing a collection of essays on the struggles and scrapes of the working artist, As Dire as its Title:...

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What Red Wine Doesn’t Do+

Do know what red wine doesn’t do? Judge you for drinking red wine.

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Prism Writing Prompt: Haters Gonna Hate+

PRISM's executive editor Clara Kumagai calls on you haters to get writing.

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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger+

I read The Catcher in the Rye at the correct time – somewhere around the age of seventeen or eighteen...

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Wardrobe+

The two of you will be in love forever. Many other couples have got it wrong, but not you. You...

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Spoken Wordsters: Ryan Van Winkle+

Van Winkle has that kind of voice you believe instantly, the kind of poems you want to curl up with...

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Sarah White Says Thanks+

Following on from Going With Fergus, Z. P. Heller searches for the serendipitous moment in Scotland. There were no otters...

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‘Warren’ by Trisha Cull+

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

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Nostalgia with a Price Tag+

The greatest insult I can level at Will Gluck’s remake of Annie is that it turns the saccharine, impudent 1982...

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Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White+

This week’s Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is covered by guest reviewer Michelle Law.

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Lingua Fracas+

What happens to language in wartime? Rafael S. W. looks at the implications of regulated speech.

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Person of Letters: An Interview with Carmine Starnino+

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

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Spoken Wordsters: Anis Mojgani+

The Official Bio Anis Mojgani is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry...

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People Are Reading your Stuff on the Internet+

Sandra Hajda on what it means to write – and be read – in the internet age.

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A Man Made Entirely of Bats+

When he’s not reading obscure novels for The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, Patrick Lenton writes stories. His first collection of...

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10 Things I’ve Learnt about the Writing Life+

1. It’s not a life. It’s a profession, a hobby, an activity or an obsession. Life goes on regardless of...

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens+

This week’s Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is covered by guest reviewer Sian Campbell. Sian is a freelance writer and one...

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller+

Let’s just get this straight – I love Catch-22 and have read it many times before and was looking forward...

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

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

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Carrie by Stephen King+

Carrie is one of those books that’s soaked so deep into the public consciousness that I feel like I’ve always...

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PRISM International: Vavuniya via Anuradhapura by Michael Lockett, in Photos+

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

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Eleanor Jackson’s Album Is Out – Free Tracks Inside+

Eleanor Jackson’s show deserves to be called a tour de force. Just over an hour of material, all from memory, pieces...

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Don’t Read This Review Until You Read This Book+

Mitch Alexander on why everyone should read House of Leaves.

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The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer+

This week’s Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is covered by guest reviewer Stephen Jones. Stephen has been writing strange things for...

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An Unexpected Reunion: Sam Wareing+

Melbourne’s blessing and curse is its constancy. Its constantly inconsistent weather; the constancy of extraordinary choice at extraordinary prices; consistently...

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Sean M. Whelan: The Last Wonder+

When I was a young idiot without much idea what I wanted to do in life, I saw Sean Whelan’s...

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Psychological Shopping: Room 4 Pets+

In the last post of the series, Oliver Mol reviews Bondi Junction's Room 4 Pets.

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It’s Not Just Talk – Hip Hop is a True Religion+

Dear New South Wales Electoral Commission, You’ve asked why I should not be fined for failing to vote in my...

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Anthony O’Sullivan at One Night Wonders – Airbag+

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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Pig Latin+

We've tried everything to talk with the animals – Rafael S. W. explores where we went wrong.

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I Believe in Magic+

It’s Christmas Eve, 2006. I’m in Newcastle, spending Christmas with my family. In Newcastle the air is cool even in...

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Jessica Alice at One Night Wonders – When the Bed Is Burning+

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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Candide by Voltaire+

This week’s Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is covered by guest reviewer Alexandra Neill. Alexandra is a co-director of the National...

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Going Down Swinging Submissions Now Open+

For writers and illustrators. But read up, because this time it’s different. Our next collection will be made up of long pieces....

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Going With Fergus+

Z. P. Heller follows the ghosts of his father and Joyce on an exchange to Ireland.

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Anthony O’Sullivan at One Night Wonders – No Surprises+

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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