New Sydney Review of Book series take fresh look at Australia

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From the uneasy masculinity of country towns to suburban noir and inner city scrubland, the Sydney Review of Books (opens in a new window) is publishing new essays on the places who make us who we are. 

This major new series features some of Australia's best writers: Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Vanessa Berry, Luke Carman, Felicity Castagna, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Anwen Crawford, Peter Doyle, Tom Lee, Anthony Macris, Peter Minter, Mark Mordue, Suneeta Peres da Costa, Matt Thompson, Ellen Van Neerven, Alison Whittaker, Ed Wright, and Fiona Wright.

This group of emerging and established writers challenge us to think in new ways about our relationship to place. Their voices are distinctive and original – and already they have generated a huge response from SRB readers. 

The massive changes about to be wrought by WestConnex lie at the heart of Vanessa Berry's wonderful essay on St Peters.  Novelist Anthony Macris has struck a chord with readers writing about his first student sharehouse on Abercrombie St. The award-winning Fiona Wright's reflection on returning to her teenage stomping ground, Cronulla, and finding it greatly changed, has resonated widely too. And YA novelist Felicity Castagna tells a very different story about Parramatta from the version we usually see.

Still to come are: 

  • Alison Whittaker on writing off country and what Redfern means to Indigenous writers
  • Ellen Van Neerven on maps, borders, and the Scenic Rim region
  • Michael Mohammed Ahmad remembers Punchbowl High School
  • Anwen Crawford on reading the Situationists in Penrith

Also on the horizon are Mark Mordue on Thirroul; Matt Thompson on Dungog; Suneeta Peres da Costa on Annandale; Ed Wright on Newcastle; and more.

Read all the essays on the Sydney Review of Books online

On 12 November, all contributors to the series will gather at the Bankstown Arts Centre for panel discussions on literature and place. 

In conjunction with this project, the SRB is conducting practical workshops for high school students and emerging writers on writing place on 11 November. This project is funded by Arts NSW.


25 October 2016

Media: Katherine Barnsley 0415 392 744