The Kill Your Darlings Podcast

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Welcome to the first episode of our new interview series, Pub Talk, where we chat to some of Australia’s most experienced and influential publishers, editors and agents. During these conversations you’ll receive insiders’ information about the
We’re thrilled to bring you this special podcast episode celebrating the publication of our third print anthology, New Australian Fiction 2021. New Australian Fiction 2021 collects a number of brilliant short stories from authors from around th
‘When you don’t understand something that important about yourself, [diagnosis is] almost a kind of cheat code to go back and understand things that you’ve been through.’ Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fic
Editor’s Note: This conversation includes discussion of family violence. ‘We’ve got an ongoing conversation happening about violence against women in Australia, and I felt that it was important to contribute what I had learnt from my perspectiv
Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction in the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For June that debut is The Covered Wife by Lisa Emanuel, out now from Pantera Press. Sarah is a smart, young lawyer workin
‘I wanted to dig into the complexity of an event like that, and allow people to see not just the humanity of the people involved, but also the negative aspects of how these events play out.’ Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release o
‘Conversations can be really dull compared to our inner lives, and I find that fascinating. The book was, for me, a real exploration of that difference.’ Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction in the Kill
“Particularly after the hellish year we’ve just had, poetry makes the burden of existence a lot nicer.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction in the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For March that debu
KYD’s Hayley May Bracken, Alan Vaarwerk and Suzy Garcia discuss Fiona Murphy’s new memoir The Shape of Sound (available 30 March from Text Publishing) and its exploration of how her deaf experience has been shaped by the social and structural s
“I started to interrogate my own relationship with food and realise that it wasn’t so simple.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction in the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For February that debut is E
In this special episode we’re talking to KYD publishing director Rebecca Starford about her new historical fiction novel, The Imitator, out now from Allen & Unwin. The Imitator is a page-turning World War II spy thriller set among London’s aris
The KYD team get together once again to discuss acclaimed Japanese author Sayaka Murata’s experimental, compelling and disturbing new novel Earthlings, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori and published by Granta. We also compare notes on Voxdoc
“I wanted to write about how someone changes over the course of a life, and how a culture changes.” Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction in the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For November that debut
“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 the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For October that debut
“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 wit
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‘, i
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 t
“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 the Kill Your Darlings First Boo
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 de
“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 Austr
‘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 the Kill
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 novel The Octopus & I (Allen & Unwin), and what we thought about the human–human relatio
‘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 th
‘We’ve all had that feeling where the ground has shifted when you weren’t quite paying attention.’ Each month we celebrate an Australian debut release of fiction or non-fiction with the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For April that debut i
This episode of the KYD Podcast is coming straight to you from our respective bunkers—though we can’t promise we look as stylish as Ira Glass while doing it. In the episode we use tech to discuss Anna Weiner’s time in Silicon Valley as recorded
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