30 episodes

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.

The Kill Your Darlings Podcast Kill Your Darlings

    • Books
    • 4.5 • 18 Ratings

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.

    KYD First Book Club: Lucky’s (with Andrew Pippos)

    KYD First Book Club: Lucky’s (with Andrew Pippos)

    “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 is Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos, out now from Picador Australia.

    Lucky’s is an exuberant, magical Australian saga about migration, mystery, tragedy and love spanning over 80 years. It is also about a man called Lucky. His restaurant chain. A fire that changed everything. A New Yorker article which might save a career. The mystery of a missing father. An impostor who got the girl. An unthinkable tragedy. A roll of the dice. And a story of love—lost, sought and won again.

    Thanks for joining us for the KYD First Book Club this year. We’ll be back in 2021 with more fabulous debut books! Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’.

    Further reading:

    Read Ellen Cregan’s review of Lucky’s in our November Books Roundup.

    Read Andrew’s Shelf Reflection on his reading habits and the writing that inspires him.

    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
    Coming soon

    The post KYD First Book Club: Lucky’s (with Andrew Pippos) appeared first on Kill Your Darlings.

    • 37 min
    KYD First Book Club: Hysteria (with Katerina Bryant)

    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 the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For October that debut is Katerina Bryant’s Hysteria, 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. In Hysteria, Bryant blends memoir with literary and historical analysis to explore women’s medical treatment throughout history.

    Our November First Book Club title will be Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos (Pan Macmillan). Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’.

    Further reading:

    Read Ellen Cregan’s review of Hysteria in our October Books Roundup.

    Read Katerina’s Shelf Reflection on 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 min
    KYD First Book Club: The F Team (with Rawah Arja)

    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 the Kill Your Darlings First 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 be Hysteria by Katerina Bryant (NewSouth Books). Our theme song is Broke for Free’s ‘Something Elated’.

    Further reading:

    Read Ellen Cregan’s review of The F Team in our September Books Roundup.

    Read Rawah’s Shelf Reflection on 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.

    Having and Being Had & Hungry Ghosts

    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 Cottrell: Hello!

    Alan Vaarwerk: Hey!

    HMB: We’re all recording from the safety of our own homes. Today will be discussing Eula Biss’ latest genre-defying work, Having and Being Had, and also the four-part SBS miniseries Hungry Ghosts. Eula Biss is a New York Times bestseller, her most recent book is On Immunity: An Inoculation, which was named one of the Top 10 best books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review, and she’s also written Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, which won the National Book Circle Award for criticism, and her work has appeared in Harpers, the New York Times, Believer, and elsewhere. Having and Being Had, Biss herself has said, was a record of the moves that she made within a fixed set of rules. It’s also a record of her discomfort with those rules and with the game itself, the game being capitalism.

    AC: So I think the book came out of a diary that she kept when she bought her first house, about the experience of buying into the American dream and the feelings of discomfort that she had in moving to a particular position in the social hierarchy.

    HMB: And she had some rules for herself, when she constructed this work as well, to be explicit and write down figures of how much her house cost, how much her income was, rather than deal in vagaries.

    AV: Yeah, I think it’s interesting that she sort of set up these rules for herself, but also that she told us as the reader what the rules were that she was establishing for the writing of the book. Short essays, a couple of pages at most, they all start in the first person, they all are based around a conversation that she had with a friend or a family member. Sometimes she says she bent the rules a little bit in order to talk about a book that she’s r

    • 25 min
    New Australian Fiction 2020

    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 I’m very excited to bring you this special edition of the KYD podcast on the publication day of New Australian Fiction 2020, our second print collection of short fiction. This anthology features some of Australia’s best-loved writers alongside exciting new voices. And you’re going to hear some of those voices today! This episode you’ll hear Madeleline Watts, Mykaela Saunders, Jack Vening, Maame Blue and Jessie Tu reading from their brilliant short stories. Enjoy!

    Madeleine Watts: My name is Madeleine Watts, and this is an excerpt from my short story Floodwaters.

    We drive a long, straight road beneath slate-grey skies beside the flooded river. The floodwaters surge around trunks of oak and ash, a fast-moving membrane the colour of milk tea. The road is still dry, and safe enough for now. Traffic carries on. The levee isn’t expected to break.

    But the water will soon get into the soil and rot the root systems, says the man driving me in his empty shuttle bus along the highway. The shuttle, which is really a panel van, collected me half an hour ago from the low-security airport bound by corn on all sides. I am its only patron.

    The interstate takes us past lonely motels looming over carparks. We pass a Kmart, Trader Joe’s, Applebee’s, McDonald’s and then the town. It is, at first glance, like something out of a Golden Age film, a freeze-frame of small town America thatI’d absorbed as a child on the other side of the world in suburban Sydney lounge rooms. But as the shuttle slows down and the town resolves itself through the windows, I can see that it’s going quietly to seed. Empty storefronts, flaking paint.The trees are turning red from the top down, and the flooded river bleeds into the land. Nobody is alarmed yet. The river floods often.

    The driver asks how long I’m staying. A week.

    And why am I here? To see a friend.

    He detects an accent. He can’t quite place me. Where am I from? How did I end up here?

    August has lived in the town for two years. He has lived in big cities before, and that is where I think of him still—in a leather jacket, thumbing the screen of his phone, hunched over the bar in Greenpoint where we first met. But now he lives in this plus-size, windy pocket of

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

    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 the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club. For August that debut is Luke Horton’s The Fogging, out now from Scribe Publications. The Fogging was highly commended for the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2019, and is a compelling tale of the slow disintegration of a relationship and the unravelling of a man.

    Our September First Book Club title will be The F Team by 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 Reflection on 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 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Valerie.Giselle ,

First timer

I loved this podcast and have subscribed and excellent addition to my KYD membership. It was relaxed, informative and relevant ⭐️ I will be a regular listener

Top Podcasts In Books

Listeners Also Subscribed To