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

GDS presents: One Night Wonders+

Going Down Swinging is Breakfast-Club-air-punch happy to announce One Night Wonders, a series of top-class spoken word shows to run throughout 2014. “What...

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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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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #21 Beloved by Toni Morrison+

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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Pitch Proper+

When I was a writing student at RMIT (twice), I was told that if I ever worked as a freelance...

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PRISM International: An Interview with Tessa Mellas+

Going Down Swinging is going global. Once a month we’ll be swapping articles and interviews with Canadian literary magazine, PRISM...

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Funding Cuts Will Diminish Australian Culture+

This open letter lays out a case against proposed government cuts to Australian arts organisations, and is signed by an...

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Derrick Brown Australian tour schedule+

Ten dates in four cities for a writer with one of the world’s most bullshit-exciting CVs. He’s performed at Glastonbury...

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A Freelancer’s Guide to Europe: Paris+

Paris perfected the freelancer’s dream even before Hemingway was scribbling in cafés and leaving his child to the attendance of...

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Spoken Wordsters: Alia Gabres+

The first time I saw Alia Gabres perform was onstage at a live-to-air 3RRR performance with Dave Graney, Mark Seymour...

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Desperate for Students: Exam Season in Japan+

I sit in a cold classroom with a Japanese lecturer. The student knocks twice on the door, opens it, steps...

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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 IV+

The final letter in a series of narratives swapped by buddies Oliver Mol and Katia Pase – from across continents....

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How to Bend Language to Your Will (in Eight Easy Steps)+

‘What’s in a name?’ Voldemort might ask. ‘A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.’ But would...

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #20 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath+

This week’s Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is covered by guest reviewer Bridget Lutherborrow. Bridget is a fiction writer and PhD...

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A Freelancer’s Guide to Europe: Glasgow+

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

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On Rejection+

I once thought there was only one kind of rejection slip/email: a bad one. Dear Fool, we’ve had a record...

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The Ghosts a Biography Summons: Rider Haggard at Ditchingham House+

Hannah Garrard explores the ghosts of Victorian author Sir Rider Haggard – through the traces left by his home at...

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge: #19 Bel Canto by Ann Patchett+

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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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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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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