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A Bride Stripped Bare: A writer gets naked on the path from novel to memoir

You can find my book in the nonfiction section of the bookstore. I can’t deny it. It’s even me on the cover. And it is me, talking on radio and writing in women’s magazines about open marriages, non-monogamy, and how religion can fuck up your sexuality. People are calling me ‘brave’, but I’m not sure it’s a compliment. I feel so naked. How did this happen? 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 »

These kinds of girls: The feminist essays of Roxane Gay and Lena Dunham

A galvanising moment is occurring now in popular gender politics and contemporary cultural texts. But unlike the 1990s wave of feminism, which heavily criticised mainstream representations of women in film and television, these new literary works not only accept these representations, but actively generate them. Read more »

Oversharing is caring: the rise of twenty-something memoir

The middle-aged love to decry the self-obsession of Generation Y. But is it so wrong for young people to process their lived experience by writing a memoir? Read more »

Learning from semi-charmed lives

When famous public figures take a step further and use their personal experience as a literary vehicle for exploring wider social issues, I can happily check my celebrity memoir prejudice at the bookshop door. Read more »

KYD No.17 teaser: ‘Read What You Know: The Comfort of the Familiar’

In the third and final KYD No. 17 teaser, Kate Larsen illuminates the pleasures of rereading. Read more »

Singing out

My maternal grandmother, Merilai Lilburn, recently died in a nursing home in Katikati, New Zealand, of complications arising from pneumonia. She was 82 years old. At the time of her death, I and the other members of our extended family based in Australia Read more »

A stylish provocateur: Periel Aschenbrand’s On My Knees

For those of us looking to fill the Girls void before the next season airs, Periel Aschenbrand offers us the gift of her life – or at least, the most uproarious parts of it. On My Knees is a bold and bawdy memoir about a woman falling … Read more »