Meet the Kill Your Darlings team

Rebecca Starford 

Publishing Director and Editor-in-Chief 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 

Publishing Director and Editor 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, is was released in October 2016. @HannahFKent 

Ashleigh Hanson

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

Alan Vaarwerk 

Online Editor Alan Vaarwerk is a writer, editor, proofreader, TV captioner, and editorial assistant for Readings Monthly. His writing has appeared in Griffith Review, Stilts and Writers Bloc. He grew up in Grafton NSW, grew up some more in Brisbane, and now lives in Melbourne. @alanvaarwerk

Meaghan Dew

Podcast Host and Coordinator Meaghan Dew produces the Kill Your Darlings Podcast. She’s a Publishing Coordinator at Penguin and spends the rest of her time reading.

Gerard Elson

Book Critic Gerard Elson is a bookseller at Readings St Kilda, and the 2015 recipient of the ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year award. His writing has appeared in Best Australian Essays 2015Island magazine, the Review of Australian FictionHigher Arc, and The Big Issue. He is currently working on his first book, Something Flammable, for Echo Publishing. 

Guy Shield

Cover Artist and Designer Guy Shield is a Melbourne-based illustrator. 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 an arts journalist and critic working throughout Australia and in the UK with a focus on performance. Her work has appeared in publications including Guardian Australia, Edinburgh’s Fest Magazine, ABC Arts Online, and The Lifted Brow. @noplain.

Rebecca Shaw 

Contributing Editor Rebecca Shaw is a writer, podcaster and creator of the parody Twitter account @notofeminism, which was released as an illustrated book by Affirm Press in 2016. She is a content producer at SBS comedy, one of the team at The Backburner, and has written for JunkeeThe Guardian, Daily Life and more. She is also in constant competition with Ruby Rose to become Australia’s favourite lesbian. @brocklesnitch

Samantha Forge

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

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