Getting beyond ‘damper prose’: S.A. Jones on Australian literature

At the book launch for Red Dress Walking, my friend and fellow Marlborough Street Book Club member Simone clinked my champagne flute and slyly remarked, ‘Well Serje, now that you are an Australian author, you’ll have to stop bagging them’. I poked my tongue out at her … Read more »


You may notice a slight difference in the way Kill Your Darlings now rests in your hands, a little slimmer and a little wider. Our commitment to quality writing and design remains, but as we race into our fourth year (time really does fly when you’re having … Read more »

Castle Dreaming: Love in Paronella Park

Leafing through tourist brochures on a visit to Cairns, I was immediately intrigued by ‘The Spanish Castle’. The glossy pamphlets pictured a balustrade and behind it the remains of a once grand, Mediterranean-style house hollowed out by fire or flood. The buildings were moss-covered and encroached upon … Read more »

No. 16

EDITORIAL Rebecca Starford COMMENTARY James Purtill ‘Easy Surface Gold: Protesting and Prospecting in the Godforsaken Lucky Country’ Rochelle Siemienowicz ‘New Wave Rising: The Stunning Success of Indigenous Australian Film and Television’ Walter Mason ‘I Have Danced Inside Your Eyes: A Life in Love with Boy George’ Carody … Read more »

Best of 2013 (Part Two): Television, Film and Writing

In the final of our two-part series, some of our favourite Killings contributors highlight their top cultural moments of 2013 – in television, film and writing. Have they missed any? Best Televsion — Julia Tulloh  What a monumental year for television. Breaking Bad wrapped up after six years of South … Read more »

MUBAs and Shakers: The 2013 Most Underrated Book Award

The Small Press Network hosted the Most Underrated Book Awards of 2013 last Friday night. From the start, the equivocal nature of ‘underrated’ was under the microscope. As ebullient MC Mary Masters put it, the award could be interpreted as the literary equivalent of ‘that shirt is divine … Read more »

What are we watching here?: Pleasure and pain in Lovelace

Lovelace is about two alternative narratives of the same event: the production and aftermath of Deep Throat. Deep Throat is such a pop culture staple it needs little introduction. However, if you have been marooned on an island and would miss the joke if I described the … Read more »