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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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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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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+

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

This week’s Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is covered by guest reviewer Caroline Tapper. Caroline has degrees in music, English and...

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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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Truth or Myth: ‘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+

This week’s Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is covered by guest reviewer Emma Wortley. Emma has a PhD in English from...

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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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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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A Spare Room of One’s Own. Sort of.+

Paul Mitchell on finding the space to write.

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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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