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A New SRB Newsletter for 2022
This year, we’ve given our newsletter a major overhaul. In 2022 our fortnightly newsletters will feature much more context about the essays and reviews that we publish. They’ll introduce the emerging writers and critics we champion through our fellowship and residency programs and take readers into our archive.
Online Seminar: On Literary Value
Join us on zoom at 11am on Friday 21 May for an online discussion between Eugen Bacon, Tamryn Bennett, David Carlin and Julienne van Loon on literary value, chaired by SRB’s editor, Catriona Menzies-Pike.
This seminar addresses the changing nature of literary value in 2021, against a movable backdrop of post-COVID Australia. It shares diverse findings from a collaborative project between the Sydney Review of Books and the non/fictionLab at RMIT University in Melbourne. The collaboration seeks to elicit experimental, essayistic approaches to questions of ‘value’ in the literary and cultural sectors.
Second City: Essays from Western Sydney
by Catriona Menzies-Pike and Luke Carman (editors)
Published May 2021
Book Launch – Second City: Essays from Western Sydney
Second City is a showcase of the diverse literary talents that make Sydney’s Western Suburbs such a fertile region for writers. It’s an anthology that brings together raconteurs, reporters and polemicists, critics, philosophers and observers of daily life.
Residency Opportunity: Incubate Artists Studios
Bankstown Arts Centre and the Sydney Review of Books invite applications from Western Sydney writers for residencies of up to six weeks at the Incubate Artists Studios. There are several residencies available for writers who can work on projects onsite in Bankstown between April and September 2021.
Callout: SRB Emerging Critics 2021
The Sydney Review of Books invites applications for the 2021 CA-SRB Emerging Critics Fellowships. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $3000 to write three 2000-word essays on new Australian books over an eight-month period for publication in the SRB. Fellows will work closely with SRB editorial staff and receive mentoring and editorial support as they write their essays.
Callout: Symbiosis Digital Residency
The Sydney Review of Books is delighted to partner with the Bankstown Arts Centre on a digital writers residency as part of Symbiosis, the Bankstown Biennale 2020. This residency will be an opportunity for a writer to develop an original essay for publication on the Sydney Review of Books. This is a rare opportunity for a writer to develop new work for presentation alongside some of Western Sydney’s most vibrant artists.
Apply by 28 August.
Call for applications: 2020 JUNCTURE Fellowship Program
Applications are open for the 2020 intake of the JUNCTURE fellowship program for literary critics. Each fellowship recipient will be paid $12,000 over twelve months to write about new works of Australian and international literature for publication on the Sydney Review of Books.
Apply by 10 July 2020.
Call for applications: JUNCTURE fellowship program for literary critics
WIth support from the Ian Potter Foundation, the SRB is offering three year-long fellowships to mid-career and established Australian literary critics. Fellowship recipients will be paid $12,000 over twelve months to write eight longform review essays about new works of Australian and international literature. Applications due 1 July.¬†
New staff at the SRB
We’re absolutely thrilled to share the news of two new staff appointments at the Sydney Review of Books. From 1 July Andrew Brooks¬†and Alice Desmond will start working with our team at the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University.
2019 CA-SRB Emerging Critics Fellowships
We are offering three fellowships to emerging Australian critics: each fellow will have the opportunity to write three essays on new Australian books for publication on the Sydney Review of Books website in 2019. Fellows will receive editorial support and mentorship as they write these essays, as well as each being paid $3000.
25 July 2014: Gordon Bennett, the Man Booker Prize
Gordon Bennett, who passed away unexpectedly on June 3 this year, was a major Australian artist who, over a relatively brief period of time – about 27 years – produced a body of work that is one of the great achievements of our time. His work was widely exhibited and collected in Australia, and acclaimed internationally as well.
An Open Letter to the Australian Government on the Future of Arts Funding
The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that in 2008–9, the arts contributed $86 billion to the Australian GDP – that is, 7% – $13 billion of which flowed directly from our field, literature and print media. It is worth noting that the mining sector only provides $121 billion to the GDP, and employs fewer workers (187 400 directly, 599 680 indirectly), yet receives far more government financial support at federal and state levels.
16 May 2014
It is with some delight then that we launch our newly expanded newsletter. With over 2000 subscribers and more than 14000 unique visitors to our website every month, we thought it was time to widen the conversation about literary culture. Our new format will continue to alert you to the essays and reviews we are publishing, but we are also making space for a weekly round-up of literary news and events.