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The KYD Highbrow vs Lowbrow Cultural Showdown

by Kill Your Darlings , May 21, 2014Leave a comment

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Mad Men vs Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
The Grapes of Wrath vs Fifty Shades of Grey
Mozart vs Miley Cyrus 

Please join us at the Emerging Writers’ Festival for a very special cultural showdown: Kill Your Darlings: Highbrow vs Lowbrow.

Kill Your Darlings is a serious literary journal, but we’re also serious about popular culture. We bring these two passions together, forcing our favourite writers to decide – high or low culture? This is a night to celebrate the books, TV shows and music we love, binge on and obsess over. Six writers will defend their passion for culture, whether it be posh or trashtacular in nature. With trivia and prizes.

Battling it out will be…

Hannah Kent defending highbrow books
Hannah is KYD’s Publishing Director. Her debut novel Burial Rites won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award People’s Choice Award.

Carody Culver defending lowbrow books
Carody is KYD’s books columnist, and a freelance writer and editor.

Zora Sanders defending highbrow TV
Zora is the current editor of Meanjin literary journal.

Nicholas J Johnson defending lowbrow TV
Nicholas is an author, entertainer, comedian, magician and collector of scams. Don’t trust him.

Dan Golding defending highbrow music
Dan is a critic, journalist, and academic. Dan writes about videogames, music, and film.

Nikki Lusk defending lowbrow music
Nikki, aka the Book Tuner, writes a regular column for The Guardian Australia matching classic Australian novels to music.

Kill Your Darlings: Highbrow vs Lowbrow
Wednesday 28 May, 9pm – late
Thousand Pound Bend
361 Little Lonsdale St
FREE – no bookings required
 

All enquiries to info@killyourdarlingsjournal.com




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