About SRB

The Sydney Review of Books publishes critical, creative, ambitious, and engaging writing on contemporary literature and culture.

The journal was established in 2013, partly in response to the diminished critical discussion of literature and the arts in the mainstream media in Australia. We’re committed to original and informed literary criticism and to the essay in all its forms. Wework with Australia’s best writers to publish essays and reviews that expand and enrich Australian literary culture.

Each week the SRB presents new review essays, feature essays, and interviews, as well as curating a lively series of public programs throughout the year. We support writers and writing and each year offer a number of residencies and fellowships for critics at all stages of their career. We publish online to a global audience from our base in Parramatta at the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University.


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Our Team

Editor: Catriona Menzies-Pike

Catriona Menzies-Pike is a writer, editor and critic who lives on Gadigal land. She has edited the Sydney Review of Books since 2015.

Digital Communications Officer: Alice Desmond

Alice Desmond is a producer, curator and researcher who lives on Gadigal Wangal land.

Administrator: Suzanne Gapps

Suzanne Gapps is the Executive Manager of the Writing and Society Research Centre at WSU.

Contributing Editor: James Ley

James Ley was the founding editor of the Sydney Review of Books. He has been a professional literary critic for two decades and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Age, The Australian, the Times Literary Supplement, the Australian Book Review and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Contributing NZ-Aotearoa Editors: Tina Maketerei and Ingrid Horrocks

Our Board

Professor James Arvanitakis is Pro Vice-Chancellor Research & Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University where he is also a lecturer in the Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. His research areas include citizenship, resilience, piracy and the future of universities. Among his many board appointments James is currently chair of Diversity Arts Australia.   

Professor Sharon Bell is Deputy Vice Chancellor Strategy and Planning at Western Sydney University (2017- ), an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Wollongong. Professor Bell’s background is as a senior academic administrator, a documentary filmmaker and an anthropologist. As Pro Vice Chancellor of Equity and Community Partnerships (2003-6) at Griffith University she was involved with the establishment of the Griffith Review

Dr Ben Etherington is Senior Lecturer in postcolonial and world literary studies in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. He is currently serving as the elected academic representative on the University’s Board of Trustees

Professor Ivor Indyk is the founding Chair of the Sydney Review of Books.  He is founding editor and publisher of HEAT magazine and the award-winning Giramondo book imprint, and Whitlam Professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. 

Dr Anne Jamison is a feminist literary and cultural critic with a research focus on nineteenth-century Irish and, more recently, Australian women’s literature. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, as well as Deputy Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre. 

Dr Catriona Menzies-Pike is the editor of the Sydney Review of Books

Gabrielle Trainor AM is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers over 25 years on boards in the public and private sectors ranging from infrastructure and urban development to sports, arts and culture and indigenous advancement and welfare. Among her many board appointments Gabrielle is Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive and Barnardos Australia and an appointed member of the Western Sydney University Board of Trustees. 

Professor Anthony Uhlmann FAHA is the Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. He is the author of many scholarly works and was the editor of the Journal of Beckett Studies from 2008-2013. His novel Saint Antony in his Desert was published by UWAP in 2018.  

Dr John Vallance is the NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive. Until recently he was Headmaster of Sydney Grammar School. He is also the Deputy Chair of the Gonski Institute for Education at the University of New South Wales. In recent years he has served on the Board of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation, as a Trustee of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation and member of the Library Council of New South Wales, and as an Advisory Board member of the Australian String Quartet. 

Terri-ann White is Director of UWA Publishing. She has been published since the late 1980s, taught writing in the community and universities, and previously been an independent bookseller.  Her books include a collection of short stories, one novel, three anthologies, and she has been published widely in journals and anthologies. She has an abiding interest in expression and takes great pleasure in collaborative work with other thinkers and artists, especially in the forms of the visual arts and performance.