Meet the Kill Your Darlings team

Rebecca Starford 

Photo-of-Rebecca-Starford-2-300x300Publishing Director Rebecca Starford is a former editor at Text Publishing, and has worked for Affirm Press and Australian Book Review. Her writing has appeared in the GuardianAge, and Weekend Australian, and her debut memoir, Bad Behaviour, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2015. @RebeccaStarford

Hannah Kent 

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Publishing Director Hannah Kent’s debut novel, Burial Rites (2013), was translated into twenty-three languages. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year and the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Stella Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Hannah’s second novel, The Good People, was released in October 2016. @HannahFKent 

Alan Vaarwerk 


Editor Alan Vaarwerk is a writer, editor and critic whose work has appeared in Griffith ReviewStilts, Readings Monthly and Writers Bloc. He grew up in Grafton NSW, grew up some more in Brisbane, and now lives in Melbourne. @alanvaarwerk

Alice Cottrell

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Publication Manager Alice Cottrell formerly worked as Rights and Export Coordinator at Text Publishing. She is originally from the UK and has been living in Melbourne for five years. @aliceecottrell

Ashleigh Hanson

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Fiction Editor Ashleigh Hanson has an editing degree from RMIT and currently studies ancient history and literature through the University of Melbourne. Originally from the Otways, she is currently based in Europe. @ashhansn

Justina Ashman

Editorial Assistant Justina Ashman is a writer and editor based in Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in Kill Your Darlings and Pencilled In, and in 2015 she was awarded the Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing for her short story ‘The Space Between’. She is currently completing a Master of Writing and Publishing at RMIT University. @justinaashman

Meaghan Dew

Podcast Host and Coordinator Meaghan Dew produces the Kill Your Darlings Podcast. She’s worked with Penguin and Thames & Hudson, and spends the rest of her time reading. @megsansmog

Guy Shield

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Cover Artist and Illustrator Guy Shield is a Melbourne-based artist and designer. Guy has drawn for publications from all over the globe, including Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Fortune, WIREDRolling Stone and Granta@guyshield

Jane Howard 

Contributing Editor Jane Howard is a freelance arts journalist and critic. From Adelaide and working nationally, her work for KYD has been a finalist in the SA Press Club Awards and the SA Media Awards. @noplain.

Rebecca Shaw 

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Contributing Editor Rebecca Shaw is a writer and creator of the parody Twitter account @notofeminism, which was developed into an illustrated book with Affirm Press. She is on the writing team at Tonightly with Tom Ballard, and has written for JunkeeThe Guardian, Daily Life et al. She is also in constant competition with Ruby Rose to become Australia’s favourite lesbian. @brocklesnitch

Samantha Forge

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Contributing Editor Samantha Forge is a freelance writer and editor, and former deputy online editor at Kill Your Darlings. @samanthaleesays

Lauren Carroll Harris

Contributing Editor Lauren Carroll Harris is a writer, researcher and artist. Her scholarly research focuses on Australian cinema, industry analysis and film distribution, with her monograph, Not at a Cinema Near You: Australia’s Film Distribution Problem published by Platform Papers (Currency House) in 2013. She works in an editorial role at the contemporary art publication, RealTime, is a contributing editor for Metro, and writes a monthly column called Stream Lover for Guardian Australia on online cinema. @DrLaurenCH

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