The Blue Corner Editor
Visual Arts Consultant
Geoff arrived at GDS in 2010, taking over as co-editor with Jessica Friedmann from the long-serving Lisa Greenaway. He had previously held editorial roles at harvest and Voiceworks, as well as working as a contributing editor and writer for sports website The Roar. He came from a strong spoken word background: aside from many years of performing, he ran the Wordplay performance night for three years, as well as managing its online audio archive and editing a Wordplay mini-magazine. It’s no surprise that GDS events have become an increasingly prominent part of the program.
Bhakthi took on the role of GDS co-editor in early 2012. A freelance journalist and writing enthusiast, she publishes her work in The Age, Frankie, Crikey, Arena, Thought Catalog, and Voiceworks, and does radio work with ABC774 and 3CR. Bhakthi co-directed the National Young Writers festival in 2010 and 2011. Rather ambitiously, she managed at the same time to run The Under Age (a youth-created newspaper sponsored by The Age), work at the State Library of Victoria, and finish a degree in Law/Media Communications. In 2012 she was the Program Assistant for the Melbourne Writers Festival, and possibly part of the reason why Steve Grimwade resigned.
Emily joined as GDS managing editor in 2011, after broad experience in communications, the arts, policy and research, and NGOs. In publishing, she was an editor of Third Sector magazine and the award-winning Cookbook North/South, and a freelancer. She also worked variously at the Emerging Writers Festival, National Young Writers Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival. Emily is tasked with the unenviable cat-herding task of keeping GDS’s internships and creative program running smoothly, while working as program co-ordinator for Arena Theatre Company and as a radio presenter.
Vanessa Hughes joined Going Down Swinging as its inaugural digital editor in 2012, building the website you’re standing on now, and taking charge of our increasing digital and multimedia program. Vanessa is a Sydney-based media artist, theatre director, freelance videographer and web designer, who has exhibited at venues like Sydney’s CarriageWorks, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. She directed a critically acclaimed version of Under Milk Wood in 2010. This first brought her to Going Down Swinging, as the audiovisual component of the hybrid show was published in Issue #31 in the form of a short film. She currently works at ABC TV, runs the theatre company Bambina Borracha Productions, and is working on a series of animated shorts of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.
Tai is a Melbourne visual artist, installation artist, illustrator, curator, and writer. Her work tends to humanism, warmth, and the comically absurd. Animals recur frequently, as do collage, recycling, and the presentation of art in unexpected ways or locations. Collaboration is a particular enthusiasm. Tai first worked with GDS when designing the CD cover artwork and insert booklet for Issue #25, back in 2007. She has received more than half a dozen arts grants, including being sent to Tokyo and to Berlin, and been featured in dozens of exhibitions and publications.