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Kill Your Darlings Issue 21

Issue 21, April 2015 – Featuring new writing from Melanie Joosten, Michelle Roger, Omar Musa, Brodie Lancaster, and Kate Middleton, and an interview with Michel Faber.

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April First Book Club: Read an excerpt from Rebecca Starford’s Bad Behaviour

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club in April, Rebecca Starford will discuss her debut, Bad Behaviour. Read an excerpt from this compelling and unflinching memoir, which describes the year Rebecca spent at a boarding school campus in the bush, with a group of vulnerable and aggressive students under minimal adult supervision. Read more »

Crumbling the Great Wall of Heteronormative Assumption

You are just there to see a doctor, or have a haircut, when all of a sudden you are reminded that you are different. You are forced to come out to strangers over and over again. You are required to either refute their assumptions and risk having an awkward or unpleasant discussion with a stranger about your personal life, or you are forced to lie. Read more »

The Currency of Games: The real world cost of in-game purchases

A new item introduced in World of Warcraft lets players purchase a month of playing time for the real-life price of $20, which they can then sell to other players in-game in exchange for virtual currency. It’s an exchange of real money for a virtual currency that has in-game value but none in the physical, ‘real’ world – and it makes me incredibly uneasy. Read more »

Medicine as Art: An interview with Terrence Holt

Internal Medicine turns on its head the commonly-held wisdom of power and control in the doctor-patient relationship. Holt’s doctor-narrator is conflicted and questioning, often exhausted and confused. His writing aims for something less slick than the sanitised television offerings of medical melodramas, where ‘what entertains usually falsifies.’ Read more »

What Australian Literary Conversation?

I am concerned about the absence of a performative aspect of criticism in the public domain, which doesn’t necessarily assume specialised knowledge or recognised allegiances, but is prepared to discuss what criticism is. Read more »

[SOLD OUT] So You Want To Write: A KYD Writers’ Workshop with Hannah Kent and Rebecca Starford

This day-long workshop is designed for those who wish to write seriously, but may be having difficulties in beginning or maintaining a focused creative writing practice. ‘So You Want To Write’ is a workshop designed to instil confidence in writers and to give them a renewed understanding of what is required to begin, continue or complete a writing project. Read more »

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So You Want To Write? A KYD Writers’ Workshop with Hannah Kent and Rebecca Starford

This day-long workshop is designed for those who wish to write seriously, but may be having difficulties in beginning or maintaining a focused creative writing practice.


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The S.D. Harvey Short Story Award

Kill Your Darlings is thrilled to be partnering with the ACWA to publish the winner of the S.D. Harvey Short Story Award in our spring edition, as well as award a cash prize of $1000.


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KYD First Book Club

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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April First Book Club: Rebecca Starford’s Bad Behaviour

At the April First Book Club, Rebecca Starford will discuss her compelling and unflinching memoir, Bad Behaviour.

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KYD Podcast

Join the KYD team for a smart and cheeky look at pop culture, including stories, special interviews, music and more.


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The Return of the Kill Your Darlings Podcast

The most highly anticipated sequel of 2015, The Return of the Kill Your Darlings Podcast, is finally here! We speak with Melbourne photographer Andy Drewitt, Stephanie Van Schilt (The Lifted Brow), Abigail Ulman (Hot Little Hands), Rebecca Starford (Bad Behaviour), and Anwen Crawford (Live Through This). Read more »


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