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Highbrow vs Lowbrow: Hannah Kent defends Highbrow Literature

I understand why many people have a problem with highbrow literature. ‘Intellectual snobbery’ is a common accusation, as though the reason people read and write the stuff is solely to intimidate their dinner guests. ‘Highbrow literature is for wankers,’ I hear them say. Well, ladies and gentlemen, so is Fifty Shades of Grey. Read more »

Highbrow vs Lowbrow: Dan Golding defends Highbrow Music

The worst thing anyone ever did for classical music was label it ‘highbrow’. Just the words ‘classical music’ conjure up immovable preconceptions. Classical music is old, angry men in tops and tails. Classical music is stuffy and serious. Classical music doesn’t even let you clap when you want to. Read more »

Novellas are no short shrift

Somewhere between the novel and the short story is the novella, a frequently overlooked literary form that’s finally enjoying a resurgence, partly thanks to the success of ebooks. Read more »

The KYD Highbrow vs Lowbrow Cultural Showdown

Please join us at the Emerging Writers’ Festival for a very special cultural showdown: Kill Your Darlings: Highbrow vs Lowbrow. Read more »

KYD at the Emerging Writers’ Festival

The 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival runs from 27 May to 6 June. The Kill Your Darlings team will be popping up all over the place during the festival, appearing at panels, events and workshops. Read more »

On Exchange: Things Taken and Things Left Behind

Two guys on the flight from Sydney to Denpasar drink steadily for six hours from plastic cups. I am curled on the seats behind. Through the gap I can see the Australian flag flight pillows wrapped around each neck like a brace. ‘Hey. Hey, why don’t you … Read more »

Emerging Writers’ Festival – TV Night with KYD

People who love TV consume programs vehemently and discuss fervently, yet there are few avenues for writers to critically engage with television as a central focus. From recappers to ‘shippers’, spoilers to distribution streams, this event will consider the different ways television is (and isn’t) being written … Read more »

You belong here: an unofficial history of the Emerging Writers’ Festival

Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), 2008: I can’t wait to meet Nathan Curnow. Is he the one with the goatee and the nice-guy vibe? No, that’s Kirk Marshall. What about the foxy redhead? No, that’s­– Hang on; I think it’s that guy … the one in the bunny … Read more »

Interview with Alan Bissett: International Guest of the Emerging Writers’ Festival

The first time I meet Alan Bissett he’s wearing gold shoes. They have a backstory that is a combination of Cinderella and Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting. This is probably the best introduction … Read more »

Recommended Reading: Lisa Dempster, director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival kicks off today (see Kill Your Darlings appearances here). We asked EWF director Lisa Dempster to give us her recommended reading list. The role of a literary festival director is ironic in many ways: the closer the festival gets, the more time one … Read more »