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Author Archives: Emily Laidlaw


KYD No.18 is coming…

Just a quick note to let you know that our wonderful Killings columnists will be taking a break over the next fortnight as we prepare for the launch of the July issue of Kill Your Darlings. Read more »

May’s KYD First Book Club: Notes on Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Foreign Soil

When it was announced that Maxine Beneba Clarke was the winner of the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript at last year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival, jubilation hung in the air. Her face glowed with relief; public recognition had obviously been a long time coming for the Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Read more »

Watch KYD’s DWF book club with Luke Carman

Sydney writer Luke Carman is an exciting new voice in Australian writing, and Veronica Sullivan and I were lucky enough to chat to Luke this week at the inaugural Digital Writers’ Festival (DWF). A self-declared ‘anti-folk monologist’, Luke’s writing is remarkable Read more »

Kill Your Darlings at the Digital Writers’ Festival

  One of the things I’m most excited about for Kill Your Darlings in 2014 is our revamped book club, which the KYD team is currently working away on behind the scenes. That’s all I can reveal at this stage (sorry for the tease!). Stay tuned over … Read more »

Killings columnists announced for 2014

I’m thrilled to announce the new bunch of columnists featuring on Killings this year. 2014 promises to be a huge year for the website and each fortnight you’ll hear from: Carody Culver on books Chad Parkhill on music Connor Tomas O’Brien on technology David Donaldson on politics Danielle … Read more »

The ‘real’ Cambodia: an interview with Laura Jean McKay

  Much has changed in Cambodia since Pol Pot’s regime came to a bloodied end in 1979. These days, tourists are steadily flowing into the kingdom, and its ancient temples and Killing Fields are now entered via a ticket booth. A world away from Cambodia, in a … Read more »

‘A fossilised account’: snapshots of sexuality in Archer Magazine

Australia’s long had a thriving small press culture but there’s been a marked absence of long-form, in-depth discussion about sexual diversity within the pages of our lit mags. Kickstarting this discussion is independent journal Archer Magazine, whose manifesto is to ‘present engaging, inclusive viewpoints from the myriad genders, sexualities and communities … Read more »

‘Tweet nothings’ or 10 lessons to take away from the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival

In his 1984 essay ‘On Writing’, short-fiction master Raymond Carver explained that part of his creative routine involved collecting advice, including sentence fragments he considered to be perfect, from other authors. Carver, himself hugely influential and imitable, would write these pearls of wisdom onto three-by-five cards and sticky tape them above his desk. Read more »

Can girls play too?: Anna Krien’s Night Games

‘All the fortune and fame, it’s more than a game’ – so goes the brash opening credits of Channel 9’s popular sports panel, The Footy Show. Whatever one’s level of enthusiasm towards AFL or NRL, they undeniably wield enormous power. Both multi-billion dollar organisations, the codes reap … Read more »

Follow the paper trail: Q&A with Sofija Stefanovic and Lorelei Vashti

Sofija Stefanovic and Lorelei Vashti are the brains behind Melbourne’s write-as-you-walk-workshop, Paper Trail Tours. Spanning some of the city’s most popular hangouts and lesser-known nooks, the foot tour focuses on unlocking participants’ creative potential, all while in a relaxed, friendly group atmosphere. They even provide notebooks, with the hope … Read more »