As part of Kill Your Darlings’ commitment to in-depth arts coverage, we have selected nine regular columnists to cover Australian books and writing; film and television; and music, theatre and visual arts throughout 2013.
Danielle Binks is a book reviewer on her personal blog Alpha Reader, with a particular interest in children’s and young adult literature. She is also Digital Editor at Spinifex Press, and a writer who has featured in Voiceworks Magazine. She completed Professional Writing & Editing studies at RMIT in 2009 and is currently working on her first novel – a contemporary Australian novel for middle-grade readers. By all means, Tweet her.
Pepi Ronalds is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. Her work’s been published in Meanjin, Open Manifesto, A List Apart and more. Her blog for writers: Future of Long Form was selected as an Emerging Blog for the 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival. She enjoys a good pot of tea and has a thing for Japan. You can get updates on her work and other fancies via Twitter and Facebook, or learn more at pepironalds.com.
Connor Tomas O’Brien is an Adelaide-based writer and web designer interested in the culture and philosophy of technological change. He’s currently completing a PhD in the form of a novel exploring the intersection between text adventure games, cults, and Facebook. Connor is the co-founder of ebookstore platform Bkclb, tweets as @mrconnorobrien and has constructed his digital nest over at connortomas.com.
Eloise Ross is a Melbourne-based writer and all-round film enthusiast, and has been involved with the Melbourne Cinémathèque since 2008. She is currently a PhD candidate at La Trobe University, writing mostly about classical Hollywood cinema. Her research interests include cinematic affect, phenomenologies of sound, and the senses. She infrequently writes at cinemelo.wordpress.com, and tweets more often at @EloiseLoRoss.
Anthony Morris has been reviewing films for almost twenty years for a variety of publications, many of which have closed down through no fault of his own. Though his insistence on reviewing every single Adam Sandler movie may have played a part. He’s currently the DVD editor at The Big Issue, and reviews films for The Vine.com and DVDs for Empire Magazine. He also paid money to see Robocop 2 in cinemas, and given the chance he’d happily do it again.
Scott Macleod is a PhD research candidate and university tutor who has a fondness for literature, film, television, music and pug dogs. He has written for various publications, including The Conversation and The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, and is currently working on a screenplay that will unlock the secrets of the universe. He has also just joined Twitter, where you can read 140-character musings that leak directly from his brain.
Dan Golding is a freelance writer interested in videogames, film, music, and most other cultural forms. His writing has appeared in Meanjin, Hyper Magazine, The Conversation, Kotaku, and Screen Education Australia. Daniel regularly writes commentary on videogames for Crikey. In his academic life, Daniel is currently completing a Ph.D. in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Daniel also tutors and lectures in the fields of cinema, culture, videogames and digital media. Find him on Twitter at @dangolding.
Belle Place is editor of the Readings Monthly. Her writing has been published in The Age Good Cafe Guide, The Slow Guide to Melbourne and Broadsheet, among others. She has worked as a copy editor with Rainoff, a Sydney and New-York based publisher of art books, and was the deputy editor of the inaugural print edition of The Blackmail. Off duty, she likes to take photographs of the nature and cities she visits as souvenirs of her travels.
Dion Kagan is an academic and arts writer who works on film, theatre, sex and popular culture, and teaches across media, cultural, screen and gender studies. He edited the inaugural edition of The Reader for the Emerging Writers’ Festival and The Death Mook for Vignette Press. He is currently a member of the National Young Writers’ Festival steering committee, an editorial advisor at Paper Radio, and a lecturer in cultural studies at Melbourne University.
Rebecca Starford is the Editor and Publishing Director of Kill Your Darlings. She was Deputy Editor at Australian Book Review and is now Editor at Text Publishing. She regularly publishes in The Age and The Australian.
Emily Laidlaw is the Online Editor of Killings, the Kill Your Darlings blog. She’s previously worked on the editorial committees of Voiceworks magazine and Overland journal.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.