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Literature and politics: a debate

To be honest, I would have thought the problem for most writers in Australia is not that they come under fire from commissars like Genoways or Woodhead but rather that political and aesthetic questions are almost never discussed, at least in the public sphere. When, for instance, … Read more »

Emmett Stinson’s ‘Literature, Life and How Creative Writing Programs are Ruining Everything, Apparently’

Earlier this year, Ted Genoways, editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review wrote that ‘most American writers seem to have forgotten how to write about big issues – as if giving two shits about the world has gotten crushed under the boot sole of postmodernism’. The article spawned … Read more »

Issue Three launches: Literary trivia night!

Issue three of Kill Your Darlings has been well and truly launched. The prizes in Adelaide: The prizewinners in Melbourne, from third place to first place: Thanks to everyone for coming! We had a spectacular time, and you all proved a match for the devilish questions.

Clementine Ford’s ‘A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Being on the Dole, Again’

‘Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation.’ My mother was fond of this quote. She was also fond of that one about success being ninety-nine per cent perspiration and one per cent inspiration, and the one about doors and windows and imaginary men. Unfortunately, the only … Read more »

Antony Loewenstein’s ‘Moving Forward? Australia’s Relationship with Israel’ available online

‘In truth, the Australian political leaders have chosen to side with a country that has continually occupied another people for over sixty years.’ In Antony Loewenstein’s article, ‘Moving Forward? Australia’s Relationship with Israel’, he details his frustration with Australia’s bipartisan support of Israel. To celebrate the launch … Read more »

Issue Three launch/trivia night

It’s on again, book nerds. Please join us for an evening where your obscure (and bleeding obvious) literary knowledge can win you not just the bemused admiration of your peers, but prizes too! Prizes include vouchers, film tickets, wine, chocolate and – of course – books. Adelaide … Read more »

Issue Three extract: Annie Condon’s ‘Nothing Broken’

Forthcoming in Kill Your Darlings Issue Three is Annie Condon’s story ‘Nothing Broken’. I knock on the door and take a step back. Clare, the new graduate, smiles tightly at me. Her dark hair falls to her shoulders in spirals. She has large brown eyes, and she … Read more »

Issue Three extract: Clementine Ford’s ‘A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Being on the dole, again’

Forthcoming in Issue Three of Kill Your Darlings is Clementine Ford’s ‘A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Being on the dole, again’. ‘Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation.’ My mother was fond of this quote. She was also fond of that one about success being ninety-nine … Read more »

Issue Three extract: ‘Moving Forward? Australia’s relationship with Israel’ by Antony Loewenstein

Forthcoming in Issue Three of Kill Your Darlings is Antony Loewenstein’s ‘Moving Forward? Australia’s relationship with Israel’. I first discovered the importance of the Israel/Palestine conflict in my early teens, in Melbourne. I remember sitting around the Sabbath table with my parents and cousins, discussing the events … Read more »