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The Kill Your Darlings Podcast

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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.

Latest Episodes

KYD First Book Club: Hysteria (with Katerina Bryant)

“My illness is not a metaphor. Any amount of self-reflection in the world will not make it go away.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction in theKill Your DarlingsFirst Book Club. For October that debut is Katerina Bryant’sHysteria, out now from NewSouth Books. When Katerina suddenly began experiencing chronic non-epileptic seizures, she was plunged into a foreign world of doctors and psychiatrists, who understood her condition as little as she did. Reacting the only way she knew how, she immersed herself in books, reading her way through her own complicated diagnosis and finding a community of women who shared similar experiences. InHysteria,Bryant blends memoir with literary and historical analysis to explore women’s medical treatment throughout history. Our November First Book Club title will beLucky’sby Andrew Pippos (Pan Macmillan).Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review ofHysteriain ourOctober Books Roundup. Read Katerina’sShelf Reflectionon her reading habits and the writing that inspires her. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: Hysteria (with Katerina Bryant) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

40 min4 d ago
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KYD First Book Club: Hysteria (with Katerina Bryant)

KYD First Book Club: The F Team (with Rawah Arja)

“I love to tell the story of my rejection and put it out there in the world because I know that so many emerging writers are facing the same dilemmas that I was.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction with theKill Your DarlingsFirst Book Club. For September that debut is Rawah Arja’s The F Team, out now from Giramondo Publications. The F Team is a rich and funny novel that draws an intimate portrait of Western Sydney families and friendships. Our October First Book Club title will beHysteriaby Katerina Bryant (NewSouth Books).Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of The F Teamin our September Books Roundup. Read Rawah’s Shelf Reflectionon her reading habits and the writing that inspires her. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: The F Team (with Rawah Arja) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

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KYD First Book Club: The F Team (with Rawah Arja)

Having and Being Had & Hungry Ghosts

This month the KYD team are discussing Eula Biss’s latest genre defying work ‘Having and Being Had’, a series of linked essays in which Biss explores her lived experience of capitalism, along with SBS’s new supernatural drama ‘Hungry Ghosts‘, in which vengeful spirits haunt the Vietnamese-Australian community in Melbourne during the month of the Hungry Ghost Festival. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. This episode was produced by Hayley May Bracken. Further Reading and Culture Picks: ‘Avoiding the trap of the Self-Aware Writer’, The Cut ContraPoints, ‘Opulence’ (YouTube) Rabbit Hole podcast The Cut podcast, ‘Are We the Virus?’ 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! TRANSCRIPT (MUSIC) Hayley May Bracken: Welcome back to the Kill Your Darlings podcast. I’m Hayley May Bracken, joined by Kill Your Darlings’ own Alan and Alice… Alice ...

25 minSEP 24
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Having and Being Had & Hungry Ghosts

New Australian Fiction 2020

We’re thrilled to bring you this special podcast episode celebrating the publication of our second print anthology, New Australian Fiction 2020. New Australian Fiction 2020 collects a number of brilliant short stories from authors from around the country, and in this episode you’ll hear excerpts from some of them. Tune in to hear Madeleine Watts, Mykaela Saunders, Jack Vening, Maame Blue and Jessie Tu read from their work, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of the anthology to read these brilliant stories in their entirety. You can purchase a copy from our online shop. Want to be a part of New Australian Fiction 2021? Story submissions for the anthology will open in January next year. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. 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! TRANSCRIPT Alice Cottrell:Hello dear listeners, I’m KYD publisher Alice Cottrell, and...

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New Australian Fiction 2020

KYD First Book Club: The Fogging (with Luke Horton)

“We’re living in increasingly anxious times…I think it’s bubbling away in the backdrop of every contemporary novel in some way.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction with theKill Your DarlingsFirst Book Club. For August that debut is Luke Horton’s The Fogging, out now from Scribe Publications. The Foggingwas highly commended for the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2019, and is acompelling tale of the slow disintegration of a relationship and the unravelling of a man. Our September First Book Club title will beThe F Teamby Rawah Arja (Giramondo).Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of The Fogging in our August Books Roundup. Read Luke’s Shelf Reflectionon his reading habits and the writing that inspires him. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: The Fogging (with Luke Horton) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

51 minAUG 27
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KYD First Book Club: The Fogging (with Luke Horton)

The Vanishing Half and Stateless

In this episode, the KYD team get together (remotely) to discuss Brit Bennett’s expansive, multi-generational saga The Vanishing Half (Dialogue Books), and the six-part ABC drama Stateless, which explores the overlapping stories of staff and detainees at an Australian immigration detention centre. This month’s recommendations: • Alan recommends Dark(Netflix) • Alice recommendsSay Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland and Hunger (Stan) • Hayley recommends the poetry collection Who Loves At All by Natalie Briggs. Brit Bennett will be discussing The Vanishing Half on Sunday 15 August as part of theMelbourne Writer’s Festival. Join us at MWF on 15 August to hear Alan discuss our New Australian Fiction 2020 anthology with Laura McPhee-Browne, Elizabeth Flux and Mirandi Riwoe! Produced by Hayley May Bracken. Theme music: Broke For Free, ‘Something Elated’. (more…) The post The Vanishing Half and Stateless appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

35 minAUG 5
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The Vanishing Half and Stateless

KYD First Book Club: A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing (with Jessie Tu)

E“I honestly think that the root of racism is a lack of empathy. If you grew up only watching movies where the central character is a white dude you’re only ever going to learn how to empathise with white dudes.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction with theKill Your DarlingsFirst Book Club. For July that debut is Jessie Tu’sA Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, out now from Allen & Unwin. ProtagonistJena Lin was once a child violin prodigy and now uses sex to fill the void left by fame. This book explores female desire and the consequences of wanting too much and never getting it. Content warning: this episode contains frank descriptions and discussions of a sexual nature, as well as strong language, so it might not be suitable for all listeners. Our August First Book Club title will beThe Foggingby Luke Horton (Scribe Publications).Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of A L...

37 minJUL 22
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KYD First Book Club: A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing (with Jessie Tu)

KYD First Book Club: ‘Fathoms’ (with Rebecca Giggs)

‘I suddenly realised that all these environmental problems—consumer culture, plastic pollution, animal welfare—they all came together inside the whale.’ Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction with theKill Your Darlings First Book Club. For June that debut is Rebecca Giggs’Fathoms: the world in the whale, out now from Scribe Publications.Rebecca Giggs joins Ellen Cregan to discuss how people feel toward animals in a time of ecological crisis and technological change, and howFathomsblends natural history, philosophy, and science to explore the lives of whales and our relationship to them. Our July First Book Club title will beA Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thingby Jessie Tu (Allen & Unwin).Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of Fathomsin our June Books Roundup. Read Rebecca’s Shelf Reflection on her reading habits and the writing that inspires her. (more…) The post KYD First ...

35 minJUN 18
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KYD First Book Club: ‘Fathoms’ (with Rebecca Giggs)

The Octopus & I and Normal People

In this month’s podcast, the KYD team get together remotely once again to discuss human–animal relationships and Erin Hortle’s stunning Tasman-soaked debut novelThe Octopus & I (Allen & Unwin),and what we thought about the human–human relationships in the new small screen adaptation of Sally Rooney’s worldwide sensationNormal People (Stan). Further reading: Read an extract from The Octopus and I. Read our review of Normal People (the novel). Connell’s Chain on Instagram. After reading The Octopus and I we’d also recommend:The Animals in that Country (Laura Jean McKay), Only the Animals (Ceridwen Dovey), Flames (Robbie Arnott) and From the Wreck (Jane Rawson). Produced by Hayley May Bracken. Theme music: Broke For Free, ‘Something Elated’. (more…) The post The Octopus & I and Normal People appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

33 minJUN 5
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The Octopus & I and Normal People

KYD First Book Club: ‘Please Don’t Hug Me’ (with Kay Kerr)

‘I would love young autistic girls to find this book, first and foremost…there’s not a lot of books out there where they would see themselves reflected back.’ Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction with the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For May that debut is Kay Kerr’s YA novel Please Don’t Hug Me, out now from Text Publishing. Erin is looking forward to Schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But things are not going to plan. Life is getting messy, and for Erin, who is autistic, that’s a big problem. Please Don’t Hug Me is a funny-serious own-voices story about what happens when you stop trying to be the person other people expect you to be and give yourself a go. Kay Kerr is a former journalist and community newspaper editor from Brisbane, now living on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and daughter and working as a freelance writer. Kay was writing the first draft of Please Don’t Hug Me when she received her own autism-spectr...

33 minMAY 22
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KYD First Book Club: ‘Please Don’t Hug Me’ (with Kay Kerr)

Latest Episodes

KYD First Book Club: Hysteria (with Katerina Bryant)

“My illness is not a metaphor. Any amount of self-reflection in the world will not make it go away.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction in theKill Your DarlingsFirst Book Club. For October that debut is Katerina Bryant’sHysteria, out now from NewSouth Books. When Katerina suddenly began experiencing chronic non-epileptic seizures, she was plunged into a foreign world of doctors and psychiatrists, who understood her condition as little as she did. Reacting the only way she knew how, she immersed herself in books, reading her way through her own complicated diagnosis and finding a community of women who shared similar experiences. InHysteria,Bryant blends memoir with literary and historical analysis to explore women’s medical treatment throughout history. Our November First Book Club title will beLucky’sby Andrew Pippos (Pan Macmillan).Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review ofHysteriain ourOctober Books Roundup. Read Katerina’sShelf Reflectionon her reading habits and the writing that inspires her. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: Hysteria (with Katerina Bryant) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

40 min4 d ago
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KYD First Book Club: Hysteria (with Katerina Bryant)

KYD First Book Club: The F Team (with Rawah Arja)

“I love to tell the story of my rejection and put it out there in the world because I know that so many emerging writers are facing the same dilemmas that I was.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction with theKill Your DarlingsFirst Book Club. For September that debut is Rawah Arja’s The F Team, out now from Giramondo Publications. The F Team is a rich and funny novel that draws an intimate portrait of Western Sydney families and friendships. Our October First Book Club title will beHysteriaby Katerina Bryant (NewSouth Books).Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of The F Teamin our September Books Roundup. Read Rawah’s Shelf Reflectionon her reading habits and the writing that inspires her. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: The F Team (with Rawah Arja) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

--3 w ago
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KYD First Book Club: The F Team (with Rawah Arja)

Having and Being Had & Hungry Ghosts

This month the KYD team are discussing Eula Biss’s latest genre defying work ‘Having and Being Had’, a series of linked essays in which Biss explores her lived experience of capitalism, along with SBS’s new supernatural drama ‘Hungry Ghosts‘, in which vengeful spirits haunt the Vietnamese-Australian community in Melbourne during the month of the Hungry Ghost Festival. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. This episode was produced by Hayley May Bracken. Further Reading and Culture Picks: ‘Avoiding the trap of the Self-Aware Writer’, The Cut ContraPoints, ‘Opulence’ (YouTube) Rabbit Hole podcast The Cut podcast, ‘Are We the Virus?’ 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! TRANSCRIPT (MUSIC) Hayley May Bracken: Welcome back to the Kill Your Darlings podcast. I’m Hayley May Bracken, joined by Kill Your Darlings’ own Alan and Alice… Alice ...

25 minSEP 24
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Having and Being Had & Hungry Ghosts

New Australian Fiction 2020

We’re thrilled to bring you this special podcast episode celebrating the publication of our second print anthology, New Australian Fiction 2020. New Australian Fiction 2020 collects a number of brilliant short stories from authors from around the country, and in this episode you’ll hear excerpts from some of them. Tune in to hear Madeleine Watts, Mykaela Saunders, Jack Vening, Maame Blue and Jessie Tu read from their work, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of the anthology to read these brilliant stories in their entirety. You can purchase a copy from our online shop. Want to be a part of New Australian Fiction 2021? Story submissions for the anthology will open in January next year. Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. 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! TRANSCRIPT Alice Cottrell:Hello dear listeners, I’m KYD publisher Alice Cottrell, and...

--SEP 1
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New Australian Fiction 2020

KYD First Book Club: The Fogging (with Luke Horton)

“We’re living in increasingly anxious times…I think it’s bubbling away in the backdrop of every contemporary novel in some way.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction with theKill Your DarlingsFirst Book Club. For August that debut is Luke Horton’s The Fogging, out now from Scribe Publications. The Foggingwas highly commended for the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2019, and is acompelling tale of the slow disintegration of a relationship and the unravelling of a man. Our September First Book Club title will beThe F Teamby Rawah Arja (Giramondo).Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of The Fogging in our August Books Roundup. Read Luke’s Shelf Reflectionon his reading habits and the writing that inspires him. (more…) The post KYD First Book Club: The Fogging (with Luke Horton) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

51 minAUG 27
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KYD First Book Club: The Fogging (with Luke Horton)

The Vanishing Half and Stateless

In this episode, the KYD team get together (remotely) to discuss Brit Bennett’s expansive, multi-generational saga The Vanishing Half (Dialogue Books), and the six-part ABC drama Stateless, which explores the overlapping stories of staff and detainees at an Australian immigration detention centre. This month’s recommendations: • Alan recommends Dark(Netflix) • Alice recommendsSay Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland and Hunger (Stan) • Hayley recommends the poetry collection Who Loves At All by Natalie Briggs. Brit Bennett will be discussing The Vanishing Half on Sunday 15 August as part of theMelbourne Writer’s Festival. Join us at MWF on 15 August to hear Alan discuss our New Australian Fiction 2020 anthology with Laura McPhee-Browne, Elizabeth Flux and Mirandi Riwoe! Produced by Hayley May Bracken. Theme music: Broke For Free, ‘Something Elated’. (more…) The post The Vanishing Half and Stateless appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

35 minAUG 5
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The Vanishing Half and Stateless

KYD First Book Club: A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing (with Jessie Tu)

E“I honestly think that the root of racism is a lack of empathy. If you grew up only watching movies where the central character is a white dude you’re only ever going to learn how to empathise with white dudes.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction with theKill Your DarlingsFirst Book Club. For July that debut is Jessie Tu’sA Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, out now from Allen & Unwin. ProtagonistJena Lin was once a child violin prodigy and now uses sex to fill the void left by fame. This book explores female desire and the consequences of wanting too much and never getting it. Content warning: this episode contains frank descriptions and discussions of a sexual nature, as well as strong language, so it might not be suitable for all listeners. Our August First Book Club title will beThe Foggingby Luke Horton (Scribe Publications).Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of A L...

37 minJUL 22
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KYD First Book Club: A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing (with Jessie Tu)

KYD First Book Club: ‘Fathoms’ (with Rebecca Giggs)

‘I suddenly realised that all these environmental problems—consumer culture, plastic pollution, animal welfare—they all came together inside the whale.’ Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction with theKill Your Darlings First Book Club. For June that debut is Rebecca Giggs’Fathoms: the world in the whale, out now from Scribe Publications.Rebecca Giggs joins Ellen Cregan to discuss how people feel toward animals in a time of ecological crisis and technological change, and howFathomsblends natural history, philosophy, and science to explore the lives of whales and our relationship to them. Our July First Book Club title will beA Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thingby Jessie Tu (Allen & Unwin).Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’. Further reading: Read Ellen Cregan’s review of Fathomsin our June Books Roundup. Read Rebecca’s Shelf Reflection on her reading habits and the writing that inspires her. (more…) The post KYD First ...

35 minJUN 18
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KYD First Book Club: ‘Fathoms’ (with Rebecca Giggs)

The Octopus & I and Normal People

In this month’s podcast, the KYD team get together remotely once again to discuss human–animal relationships and Erin Hortle’s stunning Tasman-soaked debut novelThe Octopus & I (Allen & Unwin),and what we thought about the human–human relationships in the new small screen adaptation of Sally Rooney’s worldwide sensationNormal People (Stan). Further reading: Read an extract from The Octopus and I. Read our review of Normal People (the novel). Connell’s Chain on Instagram. After reading The Octopus and I we’d also recommend:The Animals in that Country (Laura Jean McKay), Only the Animals (Ceridwen Dovey), Flames (Robbie Arnott) and From the Wreck (Jane Rawson). Produced by Hayley May Bracken. Theme music: Broke For Free, ‘Something Elated’. (more…) The post The Octopus & I and Normal People appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

33 minJUN 5
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The Octopus & I and Normal People

KYD First Book Club: ‘Please Don’t Hug Me’ (with Kay Kerr)

‘I would love young autistic girls to find this book, first and foremost…there’s not a lot of books out there where they would see themselves reflected back.’ Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction with the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For May that debut is Kay Kerr’s YA novel Please Don’t Hug Me, out now from Text Publishing. Erin is looking forward to Schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But things are not going to plan. Life is getting messy, and for Erin, who is autistic, that’s a big problem. Please Don’t Hug Me is a funny-serious own-voices story about what happens when you stop trying to be the person other people expect you to be and give yourself a go. Kay Kerr is a former journalist and community newspaper editor from Brisbane, now living on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and daughter and working as a freelance writer. Kay was writing the first draft of Please Don’t Hug Me when she received her own autism-spectr...

33 minMAY 22
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KYD First Book Club: ‘Please Don’t Hug Me’ (with Kay Kerr)
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