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Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 and producing sensational, sold-out live events.
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Everything from sound projects to spoken word, from past editions and new content commissioned for online publication.

Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 and producing sensational, sold-out live events.
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Where fierce, fresh writing lives. Here you’ll find opinions, profiles, poetry, stories, reviews, treasures from our archives and food for the mind. All the things you need to go down swinging.

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Everything from sound projects to spoken word, from past editions and new content commissioned for online publication.

Between a Father and a Son

My wife is into the forty-first week of her pregnancy. We’ve tried everything to bring on labour: acupuncture, raspberry leaf tea, sex, a ridiculously hot vindaloo. Nothing yet.

Psychological Shopping: Coles

Can a shopping aisle have the emotional effect of a Broadway musical or literary canon? Oliver Mol reviews aisle nine at shopping centres across Australia.

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

He Carried Oranges

Aldo said, in his very own voice, meet me here at half to nine in the morning – here at the top of the stair, by the locked door,...

Janis Ian remembers

photographs – watercolours of the past, but I remember , the coffee rings of old regrets And the smell and the taste of you, you who used to smoke,...

The Meditations Part III: Rafael SW on 'Deep Throat Jesus'

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to the thirty-third issue of Going Down Swinging. This reflection comes from Rafael SW on his story...

My First Orgy

A Small Boy

Going Down Swinging co-founder Kevin Brophy on confronting the fear of writing.