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Recipes and Refuge

A new recipe book from Chris Nguyen depoliticises the act of seeking refuge.

Top Surgery: a Gift from My Dead Brother

Bridie Mills on conventional masculinity, undergoing top surgery and his brother's gift from the grave.

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Stories and Poems:

Ladies' Day

The second comic in our new Millennial Pink series by Emma Jensen takes us on an unfortunate trip to the races.


The Singers

Spoken word by Eleanor Jackson, with animation by Maeve Baker.

On Writing:

Pitch Perfect: Or, How to Make Your Manuscript Shine

Before you send off that manuscript, read this guide first. By Rebecca Slater.

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...

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney

One thing I did wonder when reading this is what will the world learn from Gilmore Girls thousands of years into the future?

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The harsh, joyless critic who lives inside me put down Huckleberry Finn and thought, ‘more like the NOT-adventures of Huckleberry Finn’