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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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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.

All Sewn Up: Louise Bourgeois's Materiality

I went to the recent exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’s late works at Heide twice, the second time with my mother. I could tell you every work in the exhibition,...

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 Trigger Warning Venue: The Forum, Melbourne International Comedy Festival...

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Snow-White and Rose-Red by the Brothers Grimm

On the Radar...

The Night’s Insomnia ‘When the angels are panting and scratching the door to come in …’  Leonard Cohen, 2012 If the night is long, and there can be no...

The Devil of Msida – Short fiction by Nick Robinson.

The Value of Writing

First, a pop quiz: which of these three statements is true? 1. When I went to school, I learnt to swim. I am now an Olympic swimmer. 2. I...

The Meditations Part I: Nathan Curnow on 'Boy Got a Bullet'

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 Nathan Curnow on his poem...