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Taking risks without apology: An interview with Meanjin editor Zora Sanders

On the second ever Pitch, Bitch day, Meanjin editor Zora Sanders shares her observations on the ways men and women approach pitching and discusses the respective responsibilities of editors and writers to address gender disparities. Read more »

Pushing past reluctance: An interview with Sophie Cunningham

Pitch, Bitch is a new initiative aimed at encouraging female writers to regularly pitch their work for publication. We spoke to writer Sophie Cunningham about her extensive experience as a woman reading, writing and editing. Read more »

Pitch, Bitch: A new initiative for women writers

Pitch, Bitch is a new initiative aimed at encouraging female writers to regularly pitch their work for publication. Founder Estelle Tang explains what Pitch, Bitch is, why it’s important, and how to get involved. Read more »

Boy, Lost and The Stella Prize: An Interview With Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson’s Boy, Lost tells the story of her half-brother, Peter, who was taken from their mother’s arms in infancy and not reunited with his maternal family for decades. Boy, Lost has been shortlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing. Olsson spoke with KYD about Boy, Lost, writing through trauma, and why The Stella Prize is unique. Read more »

Burial Rites and The Stella Prize: an interview with Hannah Kent

As we continue our weekly Kill Your Darlings Stella Shortlist Book Club, Hannah spoke with KYD Deputy Online Editor Veronica Sullivan about Burial Rites, the Stella Prize, and the importance of women’s only writing prizes. Read more »

Turning language on itself: an interview with Eimear McBride

Irish writer Eimear McBride’s debut novel A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing was initially rejected by dozens of publishers for being too experimental. Since its publication earlier this year it has received rave reviews and been hailed an ‘instant classic’. McBride’s book relates a girl’s life from birth to … 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 »

It’s love and it’s Australian and it’s here: an interview with Donna Ward

I married eight weeks ago. Earnestly searching for the right words at the right moment with the right man, I pleaded help from poetry aficionado and friend Donna Ward. Donna, in turn, asked Mark Tredennick – a poet I had met when we were co-panellists at a … Read more »

Bright Young Things: Q&A with Megan Reeder Hope and Kristy Chambers

    Brisbane’s grassroots literary scene continues to sparkle like a freakin’ diamond, not least of all for the emergence of Bright Young Things Club, a new bi-monthly event for writers and authors. Styled on the literary salons of 1920s Paris, convenor Megan Reeder Hope has created … Read more »