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 land. She has worked in varied roles at cultural organisations including Australian Literary Studies, Giramondo Publishing, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and Kaldor Public Art Projects, specialising in curation, archive research, publishing, and digital access.
Administrator: Suzanne Gapps
Suzanne Gapps is the Executive Officer of the Writing and Society Research Centre at WSU.
Editor, The Circular: Tiffany Tsao
Tiffany Tsao is a writer and literary translator. Her third novel, Under Your Wings, was longlisted for the 2019 Ned Kelly Award and released abroad as The Majesties. She translates Indonesian fiction and poetry into English, and her work was awarded a 2018 PEN Translates grant and shortlisted for the 2021 NSW Premier’s Translation Prize. She has a Ph.D. in English from UC-Berkeley.
Contributing Editor: Eda Gunaydin
Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian essayist whose writing explores class, race, diaspora and Western Sydney. She has been a finalist for a Queensland Literary Award and the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize. Her debut essay collection Root & Branch: Essays on Inheritance is out now with NewSouth Publishing. Eda’s role is supported by the Cultural Fund of the Copyright Agency.
Junior Editor: Ellen O’Brien
Ellen O’Brien is the 2022 Program Officer for The Writing Zone and a junior editor at the Sydney Review of Books. Ellen is a Garigal/Walkeloa writer living on Gadigal land. She has had prose and poetry published in Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, Overland, Rabbit, Cordite and un Magazine and was previously a facilitator for the Feminist Killjoys Reading Group.
Events Officer: Iman Etri
Iman is the 2022 Project Officer for Writers in Parramatta, working with the Writing and Society Research Centre at WSU, and Sydney Review of Books. She also works with Settlement Services International as the Arts and Culture Project Coordinator, and regularly volunteers with the Bankstown Poetry Slam. Iman is reluctant to call herself a writer with a capital W, but has performed her poetry at Sydney Writers’ Festival, TEDxSydney, Vivid Ideas and Sydney Opera House.
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. He is Deputy Editor, Books and Ideas at The Conversation.
Contributing NZ-Aotearoa Editors: Tina Maketerei and Ingrid Horrocks
We publish online to a global audience from our base in Parramatta at the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. The SRB editor, Digital Communications Officer, Administrator, The Circular Editor and Junior Editor are staff members of WSU.
Each semester we work with editorial interns from the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at WSU.
Our Advisory Board
A Sydney Review of Books Advisory Board was convened in January 2019 with a brief to provide strategic advice to guide the growth, governance and development of the organisation. Appointments to the Advisory Board are ongoing. The Board does not provide editorial oversight.
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.
Dr Kate Fagan (Chair) is the Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre. She is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at Western Sydney University and an award-winning poet and songwriter, whose most recent book First Light (Giramondo) was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the Age Book of the Year Award. She is a former editor of How2, the eminent U.S.-based journal of contemporary poetry and poetics. Her album Diamond Wheel won the National Film and Sound Archive Award for Folk Recording and she supported Joan Baez on her 2013 tour of Australia/NZ.
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 Debra Keenahan is an artist, psychologist and author. She has 2 PhDs – the first in psychology on Dehumanization, the second in visual arts on Critical Disability Aesthetics. Debra has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions and sole and co-authored a book, book chapters and articles. Her work focusses upon the personal and social impacts of disability. Having achondroplasia dwarfism, Debra brings personal insight to understanding the dynamics of interpersonal interactions that include/exclude the visibly different from equitable social relations. In her art practice she employs different mediums to communicate with and engage people on difficult issues, encouraging empathy for the socially excluded.
Dr Catriona Menzies-Pike is the editor of the Sydney Review of Books.
Dolla Merrillees is the Director of Western Sydney Creative. She has held various senior roles including CEO and Director, Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences; Associate Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation; and Director, Visual Arts, Museums and Galleries NSW.
Sheila Ngọc Phạm is a writer, editor and radio producer working across public health, media and the arts. She writes for a wide range of literary and mainstream publications, and was a finalist for the 2021 Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism. She recently served as a judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards’ Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction and Multicultural NSW Award. Sheila has held editorial roles at the ABC and co-produced Tongue Tied and Fluent, a five-part series for ABC Radio National exploring multilingualism in Australia, which was awarded an ABU-UNESCO Together for Peace Media Award 2021. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and casually lectures in public health ethics at Macquarie University. Sheila lives on Dharug land with her husband and two children.
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 former 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 the Founder and Publisher of Upswell Publishing and the former 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.