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Category Archives: Melbourne Writers Festival


Kill Your Darlings Podcast #3: The Festival Edition

This third episode of the KYD Podcast is the Festival Edition! Featuring interviews with Meg Wolitzer, Lorelei Vashti, Penny Modra and Brodie Lancaster. Read more »

Adventures in reality with Oliver Mol

One of Mol’s recent pieces contains the line: ‘I want to put my bare ass on the cover of my book because not only will it make good promo but it speaks honestly about who I am.’ Read more »

Sympathy for the devil: Helen Garner on This House of Grief

Helen Garner’s desire to identify and dissect the worst of human nature has always provoked passionate debate and, often, criticism. This same urge drives her new book, This House of Grief. Read more »

Our picks for the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival

Our editorial team’s top picks for the Melbourne Writers Festival – plus, join KYD for festival drinks. Read more »

Online festivals and diversity in the digital space

Earlier this year, Lisa Dempster, the director of the Melbourne Writers Festival, tweeted: ‘So I think ‪@pausefest looks AMAZING… BUT I have to ask: is digital culture just for dudes? 2/31 speakers are women.’ Read more »

‘Tweet nothings’ or 10 lessons to take away from the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival

In his 1984 essay ‘On Writing’, short-fiction master Raymond Carver explained that part of his creative routine involved collecting advice, including sentence fragments he considered to be perfect, from other authors. Carver, himself hugely influential and imitable, would write these pearls of wisdom onto three-by-five cards and sticky tape them above his desk. Read more »

The adult vs children’s lit debate: an interview with Morris Gleitzman

There’s been much debate in the world of young adult literature after children’s author/illustrator Shoo Rayner posted a blog questioning the decision to award author Patrick Ness the Carnegie Medal (the British Children’s Book Award). The post was ‘Can children have their prize back please?’ and it caused a mild (but dignified) Twitter storm between Ness and Rayner, which everyone has since weighed in on. Read more »

Our picks for #MWF13

  The Kill Your Darlings team is very excited about the upcoming Melbourne Writers Festival, running from Thursday 22 August to Sunday 1 September. With over 350 events, there’s almost too much to see. After much flicking through the program and circling of dates, here’s our top … Read more »

Meet the Editors at MWF!

This month, join Kill Your Darlings editor Rebecca Starford at the Melbourne Writers Festival special event, Meet the Editors. She will be joined on a panel by fellow editors, Mary-Kay Wilmers (London Review of Books), Zora Sanders (Meanjin), Peter Rose (Australian Book Review) and chair James Ley (Sydney Review of … Read more »

‘Some incredible story told': an interview with Gillian Mears

In the preamble to Foal’s Bread, there’s an exhortation: ‘Man, woman, boy or girl, when you arrive at the jacaranda tree, take a lick of your horse’s salty neck.’ Is this something you did when riding a horse? What of your own experiences on a horse did … Read more »