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Category Archives: Text Publishing


July Kill Your Darlings First Book Club: Jock Serong’s Quota

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in July, Jock Serong will discuss his path to publication and the inspiration behind his debut book, a mystery novel set in a remote coastal town. Read more »

July First Book Club: Read an excerpt from Jock Serong’s Quota

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in July, Jock Serong will discuss the inspiration behind his debut novel, Quota, a mystery novel set in a remote coastal town. Read an excerpt from this atmospheric and intriguing book. Read more »

Let’s talk about Speak

I want to leave, transfer, warp myself to another galaxy. I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else. There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs. Even if … Read more »

Turning language on itself: an interview with Eimear McBride

Irish writer Eimear McBride’s debut novel A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing was initially rejected by dozens of publishers for being too experimental. Since its publication earlier this year it has received rave reviews and been hailed an ‘instant classic’. McBride’s book relates a girl’s life from birth to … Read more »

Without joint or seam: the pleasures of unstitching Schottenfreude

I took German lessons, begrudgingly, for three years in high school. I don’t remember much now, aside from elementary pleasantries and a spattering of mostly unhelpful nouns, but I do remember my friends and I making up German sounding words, stitching clunky (made-up) compounds together to create … Read more »

‘Uncomfortable places’: Michelle Aung Thin’s The Monsoon Bride

It’s 1930. Winsome McLintock is a convent girl about to marry a man she barely knows, and she will follow him to Rangoon, the then capital of Burma. Rangoon is a rich and exciting city, but it’s also full of tension – the wealthy British residents live … Read more »

Excerpt: Kill Your Darlings in conversation with Ron Rash

For Issue Six, Kill Your Darlings was delighted to speak with North American writer Ron Rash. A poet, novelist and short story writer, Ron Rash has won many awards for his work, including the 2010 Frank O’Connor prize for his short story collection, Burning Bright. We spoke with Ron … Read more »

Summer Reading: The Donald Friend Diaries – Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist (ed. Ian Britain)

  For a man who is known principally as a visual artist, Donald Friend’s written work has received extraordinary praise. In the foreword to Text’s 2010 edition of Friend’s diaries, Barry Humphries brands the work ‘among the most evocative and amusing writings in all of Australian literature’. … Read more »

Readings ebookshop launched

Our friends at Readings and SPUNC have together launched an ebookshop filled with titles from independent publishing houses including Black Inc., Text Publishing, Scribe Publications, Wakefield Press and many more. The ebooks purchased from the site can be read on any device with a browser, including iPads, … Read more »

Wagers and half-lives: Charles D’Ambrosio’s Dead Fish Museum

In ‘Up North’, the fourth story in The Dead Fish Museum, a man whose wife is having a string of affairs says, ‘Our marriage was like a constant halving of the distance, without ever arriving at the moment in time where, utterly familiar, I’d vanish’. In the … Read more »