Zoe Norton Lodge
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.
Zoe Norton Lodge
Zoe is a writer and performer, working in print, radio and television. Recently she has worked for The Chaser on The Hamster Wheel and The Checkout, as well as hosting a regular segment on Radio National called The Bluffer’s Guide. Her short stories have been published in many Australian journals including Best Australian Stories. Zoe is the co-curator of Story Club, Sydney’s coziest storytelling night, and was co-ordinator of the National Young Writers’ Festival in 2011-2012. She is currently working on her first full-length book with Giramondo Publishing. Going Down Swinging was the first publication to take an interest in Zoe’s work and she’s incredibly honoured to be a part of a club that actually would have her as a member.
Rhys joined GDS in 2013 after previous editorial stints at PAN and Verandah. He is an English and ESL teacher who focuses on game theory and the lexical approach of language learning, and a writer who has featured in The Victorian Writer and Crikey, and on ABC Radio. Much of his writing is aimed at children and young adults, but his short stories have won the Grace Marion Wilson prize and placed in other events. For the time being, Rhys lives in the country and enjoys shouting, “Hey, cow!” at cows from his car window.
Alexandra became a part of the GDS crew in early 2012, stepping up to the role of general manager in 2014. Her studies included majors in cultural studies and creative writing as well as a diploma in Spanish. Alexandra has previously worked with Arena Theatre Company and interned with NICA, The Substation and PlayWriting Australia. She was a participant in ATYP’s 2011 Fresh Ink National Studio and her work went on to be produced and published as part of The Voices Project – The One Sure Thing. She is currently undertaking a mentorship with Geelong playwright Ross Mueller through Courthouse Arts as part of ATYP’s Fresh Ink Mentoring. Alexandra also writes short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.
Katia joined the GDS team in 2012 and stepped into the role of deputy editor in 2013. She has published work in journals including The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks, Wet Ink, Islet, Mary, The Suburban Review and Inpress, and performed her work at various festivals and events including The Brisbane Writers Festival, The Wheeler Centre’s Debut Mondays and at Avid Reader Salons. Katia is a founding editor and co-captain of Stilts, a Brisbane-born literary collective which publishes a semi-frequent journal, hosts live storytelling nights in Brisbane and throws micro-fiction reading parties in Melbourne.
Simon came on board as one of Going Down Swinging’s deputy editors in 2013, as a longtime reader and contributor of the journal. He has worked on the editorial committee of Voiceworks magazine and helped found Cottonmouth, a monthly zine and spoken word event based in Perth. He has published work in The Sleepers Almanac and harvest magazine, and read at Wordplay and the Perth Writers Festival. He is currently working on a PhD in American literature at the University of Western Australia.
Megan left New Zealand late 2011 and jumped aboard the GDS ship soon after, taking on the editorship of the website at the end of 2012. She has a background in English literature and journalism, studying in New Zealand, Scotland and the United States. She writes for various online and print publications, including The Big Issue, artsHub, The New Zealand Herald, Voiceworks, The Suburban Review and SPOOK magazine. She has performed creative work at Splinters, Newstead Short Story Tattoo and for The Suburban Review.
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 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 Going Down Swinging No. 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.