About SRB

The Sydney Review of Books is an online literary journal devoted to the essay. We publish longform criticism and essays by Australia’s best critics, writers and thinkers.

In-depth analysis and robust critical discussion are crucial to the development of Australia’s literary culture. Our focus is Australian writing, but we also consider the work of significant overseas authors.

Concerns about the reduced space for serious cultural criticism in the mainstream media prompted the establishment of the Sydney Review of Books by the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney in 2013. We intend the Sydney Review of Books to be a venue in which Australian writers and critics can engage with books and ideas at length, a venue in which to rediscover the intimate connection between the art of criticism and the art of the essay.

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Catriona Menzies-Pike



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Our Team

Editor: Catriona Menzies-Pike

Catriona Menzies-Pike holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Sydney. She has worked online as an editor, journalist, and reviewer since 2008. Prior to joining the Sydney Review of Books she was arts editor at The Conversation website and managing editor at pioneering independent news and analysis website New Matilda.

Contributing Editor: James Ley

James Ley holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Western Sydney. He has been a professional literary critic for fifteen years. He was the inaugural editor of the Sydney Review of Books and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Age, the Australian, the Times Literary Supplement, Australian Book Review and the Sydney Morning Herald.


Digital Coordinator: Ben Denham

Ben Denham is a visual artist and writer. His work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally. His PhD thesis considered the relationship between visual art and the science of linguistic embodiment. He also works as a casual lecturer in drawing at the National Art School, Sydney.


University of Western Sydney, Writing and Society Research Centre.

The Sydney Review of Books is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Cultural Fund of the Copyright Agency Limited.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Sydney Review of Books or are otherwise interested in assisting the site, please email: editor@sydneyreviewofbooks.com

Editorial Board

Chris Andrews, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Ivor Indyk, Gail Jones, David Malouf, Nicholas Jose, Hazel Smith, Anthony Uhlmann.

Peer Review

Sydney Review of Books has a standing editorial board to peer review essays by academics who require endorsement of their work for professional purposes. Additional reviewers can be requested for specialist articles.

Editorial board for peer reviewing

Dr James Ley, Contributing Editor, Sydney Review of Books
Professor Ivor Indyk, Whitlam Chair, Writing and Society Research Centre, UWS
Professor Anthony Uhlmann, Director, Writing and Society Research Centre, UWS
Dr Ben Etherington, Writing and Society Research Centre, UWS
Dr Melinda Harvey, Monash University
Dr Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Monash University
Dr Bernadette Brennan, University of Sydney
Dr Kate Fagan, University of Western Sydney
Associate Professor Elizabeth McMahon, University of New South Wales
Professor Nicholas Jose, University of Adelaide
Professor Brian Castro, University of Adelaide