Ten Years

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Burramattagal people of the Darug nation, and pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded, and the struggles for justice are ongoing. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land.  

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Special Double Event | The launch of Critic Swallows Book: Ten Years of the Sydney Review of Books 

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Australia’s leading critical journal with the publication of our fourth anthology Critic Swallows Book

In 2023 the Sydney Review of Books celebrates a decade online, and the publication of more than a thousand essays and longform reviews of Australian and international literature. Over these ten years the journal has created a unique space for serious reflection on literature and for critical thinking about our culture more broadly.  

Critic Swallows Book brings together twenty-two essays that demonstrate the eclecticism of the Sydney Review of Books. It includes arguments about decolonising Australian literature and revisiting the classics, blockbuster fiction and book-length poems, modernism in the Antipodes and reading during the pandemic. Essays on Susan Sontag and Rita Felski sit alongside critical considerations of the work of Murray Bail and Joan London, and of new books by Evelyn Araluen and Samia Khatun. 

Event Details:  
8th Friday December 2023 
Ground Floor, 6 Hassall Street, Parramatta, 2150 
RSVPs essential through humantix here.

6pm – 8pm 
MC Augusta Supple  
With readings by Jeanine Leane, James Ley, and Yumna Kassab.  
Light food and drink provided.  
Critic Swallows Book will be available for sale.  

The event will be held in the ground-floor foyer of the building which is accessible through an automatic door to the right of the revolving door. 

Getting here: 
Take the Station St exit from Parramatta Station and turn left onto Hassall St (at the corner with the Commercial Hotel).  

Further information: 
Order your copy of Critic Swallows Book via the Giramondo website here or find your local bookstore here.

Discover more about Sydney Review of Books at https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/.  

There will be a photographer present at the event. Please let us know on the night if you do not wish to have your photo taken.   

Any questions? Contact us at editor@sydneyreviewofbooks.com

Published November 13, 2023