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Author Archives: Emily Laidlaw


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 … 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 »

‘That rare, shimmering story’: an interview with Chloe Hooper

The Engagement is a tense character study of a man and a woman trapped by lies and deceit, but there is a strong third character in the story: Victoria’s Western District. How familiar are you with this landscape which you evoke so beautifully and so terrifyingly? I … Read more »

Hook, line and sinker: Emily Maguire’s Fishing for Tigers

It’s hard not to be hooked by the opening lines of Emily Maguire’s Fishing for Tigers: ‘I had picked Hanoi because the airfare was cheap and I knew almost nothing about the place. The need to be swallowed up by strangeness was the closest thing to desire … Read more »