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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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.
Deputy Editor: Andrew Brooks
Andrew Brooks is an artist, writer, researcher, and teacher whose work takes the form of installations, videos, texts, sound recordings and objects. His work is interested in the regulation and mediation of bodies, systems of power and discipline, infrastructure and labour, and histories of resistance and survival. Recent writing has appeared in Slug, Running Dog, The Lifted Brow, Discipline Journal, Westspace Journal and Un Magazine. His work has been presented at Artspace, MADA Gallery, Liquid Architecture, Firstdraft, Alaska Projects, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. He is one half of the critical art collective Snack Syndicate and co-curates the occasional reading series Morsel.
Digital Communications Officer: Alice Desmond
Alice Desmond is a digital producer, curator and writer. She has worked in various roles in cultural organisations, including curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Australia and Kaldor Public Art Projects. She was also Digital Coordinator for the National Museum of Australia’s Defining Moments project.
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.
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.
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Chris Andrews, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Ivor Indyk, Gail Jones, David Malouf, Nicholas Jose, Hazel Smith, Anthony Uhlmann.
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