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Choice Without Stigma: Dismantling the abortion taboo

Abortion is still illegal in the criminal code in Queensland – even in this, the Year of Our Beyoncé 2015. While women are unlikely to face practical obstacles to abortion due to the law, it can still cause isolation and unnecessary fear, and creates a stigma around the act. Read more »

KYD at the 2015 Melbourne Writers Festival

With over five hundred events in the program, we know the hardest part is working out how to see as much as possible. To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a mini KYD-themed program, so you know exactly where you can catch the team during the festival. Read more »

I Call The Shots: The provocation of violent women

In a Western culture increasingly stripped of its old taboos, violent acts by women – real and imagined – still possess the genuine power to shock. Cultural representations of violent women can both affirm and react against the kind of pernicious questioning that posits women as fundamentally, and fatally, reactive. Read more »

July First Book Club: Read an excerpt from Oliver Mol’s Lion Attack!

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in July, Oliver Mol will discuss his debut memoir, Lion Attack!. Read an extract from this funny, energetic and original coming-of-age story, which interweaves stories from Oliver’s childhood in Texas and his young adulthood in Melbourne. Read more »

Heart of Darkness: UnREAL‘s ruthless reality

Everlasting, the show-within-a-show at the dark centre of new American television series UnREAL, is a fantasy blend of champagne cocktails, pool parties and true love. Everlasting is a Bachelor-style game show in which a dozen immaculately groomed women compete for a handsome millionaire husband, and its relationship to real life is, like any ‘reality’ show, non-existent. Nothing goes to air on Everlasting that has not been scripted, staged, and edited for maximum controversy. Read more »

When You Are Engulfed In Flaming Regret

I re-read the sentences in ‘A Plague of Tics,’ the second chapter in David Sedaris’ Naked, up to four times each. Not just because I had never read anything so poignant or hilarious, but because, like a young Sedaris depicted in ‘A Plague of Tics’, I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Read more »

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Meet tomorrow’s biggest authors today at KYD‘s First Book Club – a series of intimate, free events with debut Australian authors.


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July First Book Club: Oliver Mol's Lion Attack!

At the July First Book Club, Oliver Mol will discuss his funny, energetic and original coming-of-age story, Lion Attack!

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The Return of the Kill Your Darlings Podcast

In this edition of the Kill Your Darlings Podcast we hijacked writers passing through Melbourne, as well as sitting down to dive into the nitty-gritty with a couple of locals. Read more »

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