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Welcome to The Kill Your Darlings Podcast! A monthly (almost) array of interviews, readings and discussions about books, culture and the arts in Australia and beyond.

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KYD First Book Club: ‘The House of Youssef’ (with Yumna Kassab)

“When you’re writing a longer piece, you lose more and more possibilities the more that you write.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut with the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For September, that debut is Yumna Kassab’s short story collection The House of Youssef, out now from Giramondo. Set in Western Sydney, Yumna’s stories explore the lives of Lebanese migrants who have settled in the area, circling around themes of isolation, family, community, and nostalgia. Our First Book Club host Ellen Cregan asked Yumna a few questions about reading, writing and the editing process. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of The House of Youssefin our September Books Roundup. Read Yumna’s Shelf Reflection column on the books that inspire her, andher reflection on the power of brevity and minimalist storytelling. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: ‘The House of Youssef’ (with Yumna Kassab) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

32 MIN1 weeks ago
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KYD First Book Club: ‘The House of Youssef’ (with Yumna Kassab)

KYD First Book Club: ‘It Sounded Better In My Head’ (with Nina Kenwood)

‘You can’t go into it going “I’m going to write a message,” or “I’m going to try and sound cool”. YA really is about voice, and you have to find the right, authentic kind of voice.’ Nina Kenwood’s It Sounded Better In My Headis the Kill Your DarlingsFirst Book Club title for August 2019. A tender, funny and joyful novel about feeling left out and finding out what really matters, Kenwood’sdebut young adult novel won the Text Prize in 2018, and is out now with Text Publishing. Nina discussed the novel at Readings St Kilda with our First Book Club Coordinator, Ellen Cregan. This is an edited recording. Thanks to Readings, Text Publishing, Ellen Cregan and Nina Kenwood. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of It Sounded Better In My Headin our August Books Roundup. Read an extract from the novel,and Nina Kenwood’s Shelf Reflection on the books that helped inspire her. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: ‘I...

28 MINSEP 10
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KYD First Book Club: ‘It Sounded Better In My Head’ (with Nina Kenwood)

MIFF 2019: Adaptations and ‘Animals’ (with Sophie Hyde)

The Melbourne International Film Festival is back and we’re celebrating not just the magic of cinema, but the act of turning one thing into something new. For the first half the Kill Your Darlings team talks adaptations – when they work, when they don’t, and which films (adapted or otherwise) we’ll be delving into over the next few weeks. In part two, director Sophie Hyde speaks about Animals, her film at MIFF based on Emma Jane Unsworth’s novel of the same name. Warning: some spoilers for Animals. Further reading (and listening): Elizabeth Flux on Jasper Jones and the art of book to film adaptation In 2017 we spoke to film reviewer Anthony Morris, and discussed selling film rights with literary agent Alex Adsett. Some of our favourite adaptations: Arrival We Need To Talk About Kevin The Devil Wears Prada Never Let Me Go Burning Our MIFF picks: Alan: Talking About Trees, Litigante Meaghan: Girlhood, Portrait of a Lady on Fire Alice: Meeting Gorbachev Ellen: No Time For Quiet Wi...

41 MINAUG 8
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MIFF 2019: Adaptations and ‘Animals’ (with Sophie Hyde)

KYD First Book Club: A Constant Hum (with Alice Bishop)

Alice Bishop is the author of A Constant Hum, our First Book Club title for July. The much-anticipated short story collection grapples with the aftermath of bushfire, particularly the Black Saturday fires of 2009. Alice discussed the collection with our First Book Club Coordinator, Ellen Cregan, at Readings State Library Victoria earlier this month. This is an edited recording. Thanks to Readings, Text Publishing, Ellen Cregan and Alice Bishop. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of A Constant Humin our July Books Roundup. Read a story from the collection,and Alice Bishop’s Shelf Reflection on the books that helped inspire her collection. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: A Constant Hum (with Alice Bishop) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

40 MINJUL 30
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KYD First Book Club: A Constant Hum (with Alice Bishop)

KYD First Book Club: ‘Little Stones’ (with Elizabeth Kuiper)

‘I think it was important to have [Hannah] a little bit flawed, to show how children absorb some of the traits and qualities of the adults they see around them.’ Hannah lives in Zimbabwe during the reign of Robert Mugabe: it’s a country of petrol queues and power cuts, food shortages and government corruption. Yet Hannah is lucky. She can afford to go to school, has never had to skip a meal, and lives in a big house with her mum and their Shona housekeeper. Hannah is wealthy, she is healthy, and she is white. But money can’t always keep you safe. Little Stones (UQP), June’s KYD First Book Club title, is a coming-of-age story built on Elizabeth Kuiper’s childhood in Zimbabwe. She discussed the novel with our First Book Club host Ellen Cregan at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library. This is an edited recording. Thanks to Elizabeth Kuiper, UQP, Yarra Libraries and Readings. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review ...

30 MINJUL 9
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KYD First Book Club: ‘Little Stones’ (with Elizabeth Kuiper)

KYD First Book Club Event: ‘Stop Being Reasonable’

“Every one of the stories in this book is testament to the fact that it is possible for people to make these radical changes where they let go of bad beliefs and they get closer to the truth.” Eleanor Gordon-Smith is the author of Stop Being Reasonable. Having always thought of herself as a persuasive speaker, she set out (for an episode of This American Life)to convince men on a Sydney street to stop cat-calling. The experiment did not end with any of the men agreeing to stop cat-calling, but it prompted Gordon-Smith’s interest in situations where people actually had changed their minds about something important to them. What had caused their about-turns? Had it been reasoned discourse? Stop Being Reasonable is the result – and it’s the book she discussed with Ellen Cregan at Readings Carlton for our most recent Kill Your Darlings First Book Club Event. Thanks to Readings, NewSouth Books, Ellen Cregan and Eleanor Gordon Smith. Our theme song is Something Elated by Broke for Fr...

54 MINJUN 19
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KYD First Book Club Event: ‘Stop Being Reasonable’

Don’t Be A Stranger (with Melanie Cheng)

Melanie Cheng’s debut novel,Room for a Stranger, was published by Text in May this year. Following on from her award-winning short story collection Australia Day, the book follows Meg, who has spent her whole life caring for others, and Andy, struggling to stay afloat as an international student in Melbourne. Brought together over a vacant room, the two strangers navigate unfamiliar territory together. In this podcast, Melanie joins Alice Cottrell, Alan Vaarwerk and Ellen Cregan in the studio to discuss her novel and her recent work as a guest-curator at the Sydney Writers Festival. Further reading: Read Vanessa Giron’s review of Room for a Stranger in our May Books Roundup. Room For A Stranger is available now at Readings. Thanks to Melbourne Library Service – Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre for studio space. Theme music: Broke For Free, ‘Something Elated’. (more…) The post Don’t Be A Stranger (with Melanie Cheng) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

42 MINJUN 3
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Don’t Be A Stranger (with Melanie Cheng)

Speculative Fiction Showcase Sampler

This week we launched our first ever Speculative Fiction & Fantasy Showcase – but what kind of futuristic or fantastical world would we be creating, if there was only one way to consume it? In these stories, technology and the science that drives it has eroded aspects of characters’ humanity. Governments have begun controlling the micro-decisions of our everyday lives; an apocalypse has produced a deadly weapon in the form of language; a couple’s differing choices about a sustainable future has devastating consequences; a tree nymph is abducted by a restless sailor and must find a way to survive; and a researcher trapped in an underwater facility is doomed by the machinations of the corporation that controls it. Excerpts read by their authors – read the full versions on our website! Jane Rawson, ‘Kangaroo’ J.R. Hennessy: ‘The Word’ J.A. Haigh: ‘The Whelk’ Angela Meyer: ‘Micro’ Claire Corbett: ‘Inside the Aquarium’ (more…) The post Speculative Fiction Showcase Sampler ...

21 MINMAY 8
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Speculative Fiction Showcase Sampler

KYD First Book Club Event: ‘Witches: What Women Do Together’

‘If a witch is a woman on the margins then we’re all witches – because in a patriarchy all women are marginalised in one way or another.’ Witches, nuns, beauty vloggers, farmers, ballet dancers and weightlifters – all feature in Sam George-Allen’s celebratory debutWitches: What Women Do Together.For our March First Book Club, Ellen Cregan sat down with Sam George-Allen to discuss the book and the ways women work with and for each other. This event was recorded live at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library on 27 March, in partnership with Yarra Libraries. This recording will also be released on the Yarra Libraries Podcast. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of Witchesin our March Books Roundup. Read Sam George-Allen’s reflection on returning to social media after completing the book. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club Event: ‘Witches: What Women Do Together’ appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

39 MINAPR 11
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KYD First Book Club Event: ‘Witches: What Women Do Together’

Stella Shortlists and Sparking Joy

Summer seems like a distant memory, but we here at Kill Your Darlings are just getting around to updating you on our summer reading goals. More importantly, we chat about the Stella Prize shortlist, and the ways we eternal book acquirers have dealt with the Marie Kondo 30-items-on-your-bookshelf debate. Storm in a teacup? Probably – but pop some tea in yours and settle in to listen to more book-related chat from Alice Cottrell, Alan Vaarwerk and Meaghan Dew. Stream or subscribe: Apple Podcasts / Soundcloud / Google Podcasts / Spotify / Other (RSS) Let us know what you think by rating and reviewing in your app of choice! Further reading: Find out more about the Stella Shortlist. Angela Smith wrote for KYD in 2017 about decluttering books. Elizabeth Duck-Chong tried applying the KonMari philosophy to her digital life. Sophie Cunningham in 2018 on the past and future of the Stella Prize. Thanks to Melbourne Library Service – Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre for studio space...

27 MINMAR 29
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Stella Shortlists and Sparking Joy

Latest Episodes

KYD First Book Club: ‘The House of Youssef’ (with Yumna Kassab)

“When you’re writing a longer piece, you lose more and more possibilities the more that you write.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut with the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For September, that debut is Yumna Kassab’s short story collection The House of Youssef, out now from Giramondo. Set in Western Sydney, Yumna’s stories explore the lives of Lebanese migrants who have settled in the area, circling around themes of isolation, family, community, and nostalgia. Our First Book Club host Ellen Cregan asked Yumna a few questions about reading, writing and the editing process. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of The House of Youssefin our September Books Roundup. Read Yumna’s Shelf Reflection column on the books that inspire her, andher reflection on the power of brevity and minimalist storytelling. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: ‘The House of Youssef’ (with Yumna Kassab) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

32 MIN1 weeks ago
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KYD First Book Club: ‘The House of Youssef’ (with Yumna Kassab)

KYD First Book Club: ‘It Sounded Better In My Head’ (with Nina Kenwood)

‘You can’t go into it going “I’m going to write a message,” or “I’m going to try and sound cool”. YA really is about voice, and you have to find the right, authentic kind of voice.’ Nina Kenwood’s It Sounded Better In My Headis the Kill Your DarlingsFirst Book Club title for August 2019. A tender, funny and joyful novel about feeling left out and finding out what really matters, Kenwood’sdebut young adult novel won the Text Prize in 2018, and is out now with Text Publishing. Nina discussed the novel at Readings St Kilda with our First Book Club Coordinator, Ellen Cregan. This is an edited recording. Thanks to Readings, Text Publishing, Ellen Cregan and Nina Kenwood. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of It Sounded Better In My Headin our August Books Roundup. Read an extract from the novel,and Nina Kenwood’s Shelf Reflection on the books that helped inspire her. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: ‘I...

28 MINSEP 10
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KYD First Book Club: ‘It Sounded Better In My Head’ (with Nina Kenwood)

MIFF 2019: Adaptations and ‘Animals’ (with Sophie Hyde)

The Melbourne International Film Festival is back and we’re celebrating not just the magic of cinema, but the act of turning one thing into something new. For the first half the Kill Your Darlings team talks adaptations – when they work, when they don’t, and which films (adapted or otherwise) we’ll be delving into over the next few weeks. In part two, director Sophie Hyde speaks about Animals, her film at MIFF based on Emma Jane Unsworth’s novel of the same name. Warning: some spoilers for Animals. Further reading (and listening): Elizabeth Flux on Jasper Jones and the art of book to film adaptation In 2017 we spoke to film reviewer Anthony Morris, and discussed selling film rights with literary agent Alex Adsett. Some of our favourite adaptations: Arrival We Need To Talk About Kevin The Devil Wears Prada Never Let Me Go Burning Our MIFF picks: Alan: Talking About Trees, Litigante Meaghan: Girlhood, Portrait of a Lady on Fire Alice: Meeting Gorbachev Ellen: No Time For Quiet Wi...

41 MINAUG 8
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MIFF 2019: Adaptations and ‘Animals’ (with Sophie Hyde)

KYD First Book Club: A Constant Hum (with Alice Bishop)

Alice Bishop is the author of A Constant Hum, our First Book Club title for July. The much-anticipated short story collection grapples with the aftermath of bushfire, particularly the Black Saturday fires of 2009. Alice discussed the collection with our First Book Club Coordinator, Ellen Cregan, at Readings State Library Victoria earlier this month. This is an edited recording. Thanks to Readings, Text Publishing, Ellen Cregan and Alice Bishop. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of A Constant Humin our July Books Roundup. Read a story from the collection,and Alice Bishop’s Shelf Reflection on the books that helped inspire her collection. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: A Constant Hum (with Alice Bishop) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

40 MINJUL 30
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KYD First Book Club: A Constant Hum (with Alice Bishop)

KYD First Book Club: ‘Little Stones’ (with Elizabeth Kuiper)

‘I think it was important to have [Hannah] a little bit flawed, to show how children absorb some of the traits and qualities of the adults they see around them.’ Hannah lives in Zimbabwe during the reign of Robert Mugabe: it’s a country of petrol queues and power cuts, food shortages and government corruption. Yet Hannah is lucky. She can afford to go to school, has never had to skip a meal, and lives in a big house with her mum and their Shona housekeeper. Hannah is wealthy, she is healthy, and she is white. But money can’t always keep you safe. Little Stones (UQP), June’s KYD First Book Club title, is a coming-of-age story built on Elizabeth Kuiper’s childhood in Zimbabwe. She discussed the novel with our First Book Club host Ellen Cregan at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library. This is an edited recording. Thanks to Elizabeth Kuiper, UQP, Yarra Libraries and Readings. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review ...

30 MINJUL 9
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KYD First Book Club: ‘Little Stones’ (with Elizabeth Kuiper)

KYD First Book Club Event: ‘Stop Being Reasonable’

“Every one of the stories in this book is testament to the fact that it is possible for people to make these radical changes where they let go of bad beliefs and they get closer to the truth.” Eleanor Gordon-Smith is the author of Stop Being Reasonable. Having always thought of herself as a persuasive speaker, she set out (for an episode of This American Life)to convince men on a Sydney street to stop cat-calling. The experiment did not end with any of the men agreeing to stop cat-calling, but it prompted Gordon-Smith’s interest in situations where people actually had changed their minds about something important to them. What had caused their about-turns? Had it been reasoned discourse? Stop Being Reasonable is the result – and it’s the book she discussed with Ellen Cregan at Readings Carlton for our most recent Kill Your Darlings First Book Club Event. Thanks to Readings, NewSouth Books, Ellen Cregan and Eleanor Gordon Smith. Our theme song is Something Elated by Broke for Fr...

54 MINJUN 19
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KYD First Book Club Event: ‘Stop Being Reasonable’

Don’t Be A Stranger (with Melanie Cheng)

Melanie Cheng’s debut novel,Room for a Stranger, was published by Text in May this year. Following on from her award-winning short story collection Australia Day, the book follows Meg, who has spent her whole life caring for others, and Andy, struggling to stay afloat as an international student in Melbourne. Brought together over a vacant room, the two strangers navigate unfamiliar territory together. In this podcast, Melanie joins Alice Cottrell, Alan Vaarwerk and Ellen Cregan in the studio to discuss her novel and her recent work as a guest-curator at the Sydney Writers Festival. Further reading: Read Vanessa Giron’s review of Room for a Stranger in our May Books Roundup. Room For A Stranger is available now at Readings. Thanks to Melbourne Library Service – Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre for studio space. Theme music: Broke For Free, ‘Something Elated’. (more…) The post Don’t Be A Stranger (with Melanie Cheng) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

42 MINJUN 3
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Don’t Be A Stranger (with Melanie Cheng)

Speculative Fiction Showcase Sampler

This week we launched our first ever Speculative Fiction & Fantasy Showcase – but what kind of futuristic or fantastical world would we be creating, if there was only one way to consume it? In these stories, technology and the science that drives it has eroded aspects of characters’ humanity. Governments have begun controlling the micro-decisions of our everyday lives; an apocalypse has produced a deadly weapon in the form of language; a couple’s differing choices about a sustainable future has devastating consequences; a tree nymph is abducted by a restless sailor and must find a way to survive; and a researcher trapped in an underwater facility is doomed by the machinations of the corporation that controls it. Excerpts read by their authors – read the full versions on our website! Jane Rawson, ‘Kangaroo’ J.R. Hennessy: ‘The Word’ J.A. Haigh: ‘The Whelk’ Angela Meyer: ‘Micro’ Claire Corbett: ‘Inside the Aquarium’ (more…) The post Speculative Fiction Showcase Sampler ...

21 MINMAY 8
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Speculative Fiction Showcase Sampler

KYD First Book Club Event: ‘Witches: What Women Do Together’

‘If a witch is a woman on the margins then we’re all witches – because in a patriarchy all women are marginalised in one way or another.’ Witches, nuns, beauty vloggers, farmers, ballet dancers and weightlifters – all feature in Sam George-Allen’s celebratory debutWitches: What Women Do Together.For our March First Book Club, Ellen Cregan sat down with Sam George-Allen to discuss the book and the ways women work with and for each other. This event was recorded live at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library on 27 March, in partnership with Yarra Libraries. This recording will also be released on the Yarra Libraries Podcast. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of Witchesin our March Books Roundup. Read Sam George-Allen’s reflection on returning to social media after completing the book. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club Event: ‘Witches: What Women Do Together’ appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

39 MINAPR 11
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KYD First Book Club Event: ‘Witches: What Women Do Together’

Stella Shortlists and Sparking Joy

Summer seems like a distant memory, but we here at Kill Your Darlings are just getting around to updating you on our summer reading goals. More importantly, we chat about the Stella Prize shortlist, and the ways we eternal book acquirers have dealt with the Marie Kondo 30-items-on-your-bookshelf debate. Storm in a teacup? Probably – but pop some tea in yours and settle in to listen to more book-related chat from Alice Cottrell, Alan Vaarwerk and Meaghan Dew. Stream or subscribe: Apple Podcasts / Soundcloud / Google Podcasts / Spotify / Other (RSS) Let us know what you think by rating and reviewing in your app of choice! Further reading: Find out more about the Stella Shortlist. Angela Smith wrote for KYD in 2017 about decluttering books. Elizabeth Duck-Chong tried applying the KonMari philosophy to her digital life. Sophie Cunningham in 2018 on the past and future of the Stella Prize. Thanks to Melbourne Library Service – Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre for studio space...

27 MINMAR 29
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Stella Shortlists and Sparking Joy