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.

Junior Editor: Ilhan Abdi

Ilhan Abdi is the Junior Editor of the Sydney Review of Books and Program Officer of The Writing Zone at WSU. She is also a writer, researcher, freelancer, artist and archivist. Her archival research and artwork is mainly focused on Somali music from the 20th century, although her interest also extends to music and art in all periods of Somali history.  

Administrator: Suzanne Gapps

Suzanne Gapps is the Executive Officer 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 AgeThe Australian, the Times Literary Supplement, the Australian Book Review and the Sydney Morning Herald.

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 and Administrator are staff members of WSU.


Editorial Interns

Each semester we work with editorial interns from the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at WSU.

Rebka Bayou is a Development Studies Major at Western Sydney University. She also serves as a co-host and social media editor on her podcast, ‘Fufu and Tibs’. Rebka has by lines in The Guardian and Vertigo Magazine to her name, as well as experience as a content creator for web series Say It Loud. She is passionate about social justice, literature and the rich culture that lives in Sydney’s West.

Laura Matekovic is an avid lover of reading and literature. She is currently in her last semester of a Bachelor of Arts at Western Sydney University and will continue to further her studies by completing a Masters in Arts and Literature. Laura is currently seeking to work with cultural organisations. She is enthusiastic and eager to gain experience in the processes behind publishing works of art and literature.


Our Advisory Board

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.

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.   

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 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.

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 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 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.