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Cold Feet and Hot Little Hands: Abigail Ulman on writing – and not writing – her first book

Post-book deal, every time I sat down to try to write something, I felt paralysed by some kind of literary stage fright. I had shown my work to other people before – for writing workshops, and submissions to literary journals and competitions – but I had never before written a story while thinking This story is going to be published in a book. Or, more accurately, This story idea is nowhere near good enough to be published in a book. Read more »

Girlhood and The Woman-Child in Abigail Ulman’s Hot Little Hands

Each of the stories in Hot Little Hands navigates girlhood in some way, from the lives of high school-age teenagers to those of young twentysomething women. ‘Girl things’ such as horse camp, gymnastics, feminised bodies, clothing, periods, crushes, yoga and gossip weave through the fabric of the text. Though the subject matter is often adult – the girls of Hot Little Hands navigate abortion, sex trafficking, young motherhood, drugs, and deportation – the girls themselves are not… even when they technically are. Read more »

May Kill Your Darlings First Book Club: Abigail Ulman’s Hot Little Hands

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in May, the lovely Abigail Ulman will discuss her stunning debut short story collection, Hot Little Hands. Read more »

‘You’re the least important person in the room’: Memoir and Bad Behaviour

Being fourteen is difficult enough; being trapped in an isolated cabin with other girls all experiencing similar feelings of loneliness, fear, and uncertainty makes for a volatile situation. Who wants to remember being a fourteen-year-old – especially one who carried around so much shame and fear? Read more »

April First Book Club: Read an excerpt from Rebecca Starford’s Bad Behaviour

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club in April, Rebecca Starford will discuss her debut, Bad Behaviour. Read an excerpt from this compelling and unflinching memoir, which describes the year Rebecca spent at a boarding school campus in the bush, with a group of vulnerable and aggressive students under minimal adult supervision. Read more »

April Kill Your Darlings First Book Club: Rebecca Starford’s Bad Behaviour

At this very special Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in April, KYD‘s Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Starford will discuss her compelling and unflinching debut book, Bad Behaviour: A Memoir of Bullying and Boarding School. Read more »

March First Book Club: Read an excerpt from Erin Gough’s The Flywheel

The music stops and for a moment I am still there with her, still charged with the rhythm of the dance and the warmth of her body. For a moment it doesn’t matter that I’m the butt of a hundred playground jokes while she is an elegant goddess with the greenest eyes in the Southern Hemisphere. For a moment Rosa Barea loves me despite all of it, with all her heart. Read more »

The Art of Influence: On writing The Flywheel

My book for young adults, The Flywheel, was published last month. It is the first book I’ve published, and it took me a fair amount of time spent alone in a quiet room to write. Read more »

March Kill Your Darlings First Book Club: Erin Gough’s The Flywheel

We’re delighted to announce the return of the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club in 2015! Our first live event for 2015 will feature Erin Gough discussing her stunning debut YA novel The Flywheel. Read more »

The Kill Your Darlings Stella Prize Shortlist Book Club

In 2015, Kill Your Darlings is once more partnering with The Stella Prize to present the Stella Shortlist Book Club. Read more »