KILLINGS, daily columns and blog —

Events, News

KYD at the Emerging Writers’ Festival

by Kill Your Darlings , May 16, 2014Leave a comment

ewf2014The 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival runs from 27 May to 6 June. The Kill Your Darlings team will be popping up all over the place during the festival, appearing at panels, events and workshops. You can also catch many of our brilliant 2014 Killings columnists discussing their work. With a massive line-up of artists and events, the tricky part is working out how to see as much as possible. With just under a fortnight left until the festival kicks off, here are the best places to find KYD during EWF.

Kill Your Darlings: Highbrow vs Lowbrow
If you only catch one event at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, make it this one. Join the KYD team to celebrate the books, TV shows and music we love, binge on and obsess over. Our favourite writers will defend their passion for culture, whether it be posh or trashtacular in nature. With trivia and prizes.

Wednesday 28 May, 9pm – late
Thousand Pound Bend
361 Little Lonsdale St
FREE

Hannah Kent, Publishing Director:
Hannah is one of five EWF Festival Ambassadors, and will be at the two-day Writers’ Conference 31 May – 1 June. She’ll also appear at the special event The 5 x 5 Rules of Writing, sharing the advice she wishes she’d had when she was starting out.

Rebecca Starford, Publishing Director:
Rebecca will share the joys, successes and inspiration that come from being part of a Real Live Writers’ Group.

Brigid Mullane, Editor:
Young aspiring writers can catch Brigid at the Signal Writing Intensive for Under 25s, a day of workshops aimed at writers at the very beginning of their career. 

Emily Laidlaw, Online Editor:
Emily will be on the Digital Directions panel at the Emerging Editors industry day, discussing the particularities and demands of editing for online publication along with representatives from The Thousands and Junkee. 

Bethanie Blanchard, Interviews Editor:
Beth will lead a discussion of the working relationship between Foreign Soil author Maxine Beneba Clarke and her editor at Hachette Australia, Robert Watkins, in When Writer Met Editor as part of the Writers’ Conference.

Carody Culver, Books Columnist:
Carody will be appearing at Emerging Editors, on the panel Going the Distance: Book Editing and Building a Career.

Julia Tulloh Harper, Pop Culture Columnist:
As per usual, Julia will be defending the merits and pleasures of pop culture on the Pop Topics panel, as part of the Writers’ Conference.

Connor Tomas O’Brien, Technology Columnist:
Connor hosts the day-long Digital Writers’ Masterclass, exploring the brave new world of writing and technology from all angles.

Chad Parkhill, Music Columnist:
Chad will appear at The Lifted Brow’s Mixtape Memoirs event, sharing a memoir inspired by the soundtrack to his teenage romance. 

Rochelle Siemienowicz, Film Columnist:
Rochelle will be spruiking the joys of the film reviewer’s life at From Screen to Screen as part of the Screenwriting Masterclass. She’ll also share her experiences as a member of The Real Live Writers’ Group, along with Rebecca Starford.

Stephanie Van Schilt, TV Columnist:
Steph will be part of the panel for Live in the Studio: Exploring the ABC, defending the national broadcaster’s appeal and relevance from its inception to the present day.

Guy Shield, Cover Artist:
If readers want to judge Kill Your Darlings by our cover, that’s fine with us – thanks to the work of the inordinately talented Guy Shield. Guy will share his tips for book cover design at The Look of the Book.

 

See you at the festival!




lv87bc

Kill Your Darlings

Young Adults Talk Young Adult Fiction: The Level 87 Book Club

Bronte Coates, the Digital Content Coordinator at Readings Books, talks YA fiction in preparation for the Readings/KYD OzYA event on the 14th of July: This month, I’ve been gathering questions and comments from teens in preparation for our upcoming panel on the state of Australian young adult … Read more »

9781863957434

Kill Your Darlings

What We’re Reading: Readings staff share their June picks

Looking for a book recommendation? Staff from Readings bookshop share what they’ve been reading this month. Read more »

lisa-gorton_the-life-of-houses

James Tierney

A Novel of Longer Exhalations: Lisa Gorton’s The Life of Houses

It’s sometimes said that each book teaches you how to read it. That each way of telling a story needs to not only beguile anew but needs to tutor the reader in the ways to best attend its pages. Read more »

clouds-of-sila-maria-1

Rebecca Shaw

The curse of the ‘gal pals’

As a well-known humourless, angry, hairy arm-pitted, feminist lesbian, I encounter daily issues that I can place on a scale from things that mildly irritate me all the way to things that completely offend me. Read more »

2691149967_01b38304f3_b

Rebecca Shaw

Fuck Yeah: Swearing like a lady

I had been trying to pinpoint exactly why the HBO television show Veep brings me such joy. Yes, it is a very funny, very well-written show with a great cast, but that didn’t quite go far enough in explaining the immense enjoyment it gives me. The eureuka moment finally struck when I stumbled over a compilation video of the best insults from the show. Read more »

AnneEdmonds-300dpi-sml-860x450_c

Alexandra Neill

Curse of the Comedienne: When comedy comes before gender

At this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, I saw only shows by women. I did this for several reasons: to support great comedians, to force myself to see more shows I knew nothing about, and because I really like comedy by ladies. I also did it because I was curious. I love comedy, but increasingly have been bothered by the obvious gender disparity. Read more »

Zombies

Michelle Roger

It’s All Just Preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse

‘She’s just another Walking Dead hanger-on,’ I hear you say. Well, yes, I am partial to a bit of walker action. And yes, I may have entertained the odd erotic daydream about a crossbow carrying, scraggy-bearded redneck – but this is not where my zombie obsession began. Come gather around people. Hear my obsessive zombie-loving origin story. Read more »

tom-cruise-jack-reacher-premiere-postponed

Chris Somerville

A lit match in a box of wet dynamite: Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher

I first watched Jack Reacher a few years ago, in a spate of insomnia. The plot is a confused mess, both needlessly intricate and incredibly simple. I’m not going to go into it, mainly because I don’t actually know why the people in this movie do anything. Read more »

Partisan

Joanna Di Mattia

To experience the world with blinkers on: Ariel Kleiman’s Partisan

Partisan beautifully evokes that complex space between childhood and adulthood, when we start to question the worldview we have inherited – when we begin to see the world through our own eyes. It is both a coming-of-age story, and an innocence-coming-undone story. Read more »

Zombies

Michelle Roger

It’s All Just Preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse

‘She’s just another Walking Dead hanger-on,’ I hear you say. Well, yes, I am partial to a bit of walker action. And yes, I may have entertained the odd erotic daydream about a crossbow carrying, scraggy-bearded redneck – but this is not where my zombie obsession began. Come gather around people. Hear my obsessive zombie-loving origin story. Read more »

OITNB2

Anwen Crawford

Still in Prison: The limitations of Orange is the New Black

No, I haven’t binge-watched the entire new season of Orange Is The New Black in one sleepless, bleary-eyed frenzy. This season, the show’s third, doesn’t lend itself to that kind of viewing. The pace is slower, the cliff-hangers missing. Read more »

kim-kardashian-selfish-cover-main

Brodie Lancaster

We Are All Kardashians

For the past five years, I have loved and been obsessed with the Kardashians. Specifically, the E! reality series that made them famous. I often feel the need to intellectualise why I like these series and the people on them – you know, because I’m not a moron, and these are shows about morons, for morons. Read more »

ss_8df8236403f5aad45eeedd33d2bd545e45435b39.1920x1080

Katie Williams

The More Things Change: Choice and consequence in Life is Strange

You can either be a benevolent hero or a monster, but few games deal with the multitudes contained by actual people. And what does it matter, anyway? There’s no such thing as regret when it comes to in-game decision-making – not when you can so easily restart the game to see what outcome will result from choosing Option B instead. Read more »

svfw crop

Katie Williams

Silicon Valley Fashion Week?: Fashion, technology, and wearability

Last week saw the inaugural Silicon Valley Fashion Week? (yes, with a question mark) unfold in San Francisco. The show promised ‘drones, robots, and mad inventions’, and tickets sold out swiftly; attendees were clearly eager to see more inventive clothing in this heartland of nerds. Read more »

AnimalCrossing copy

Katie Williams

Digging For Meaning in Utopia: Storytelling in Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing is a series of games in which – as my partner once remarked incredulously – ‘nothing ever happens.’ In its latest incarnation, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you become the unwitting mayor of a town populated by anthropomorphic, bipedal animals. Read more »

CrawlMeBlood_20150607_261_LoRes copy

Jane Howard

Adhocracy: Lifting the curtain on the creative process

Every June long weekend I wrap myself up in several extra layers and make my way to the Waterside Worker’s Hall in Port Adelaide for Adhocracy, Vitalstatistix’s annual hothouse that brings together artists from around the country for a weekend of creative development. Read more »

Orlando #2 - THE RABBLE

Jane Howard

This Is a Story of Artistic Excellence

This is a story of the first four plays I saw at Malthouse Theatre. It’s a story that can only continue as long as support for independent artists continues; it’s a story that can only keep growing as long as support for independent artists grows. It’s a story of where artistic excellence comes from, and how we get to see it on our main stages. Read more »

AnneEdmonds-300dpi-sml-860x450_c

Alexandra Neill

Curse of the Comedienne: When comedy comes before gender

At this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, I saw only shows by women. I did this for several reasons: to support great comedians, to force myself to see more shows I knew nothing about, and because I really like comedy by ladies. I also did it because I was curious. I love comedy, but increasingly have been bothered by the obvious gender disparity. Read more »