About ABR

Australian Book Review (ABR) is Australia’s premier literary review. Created in 1961, and based in Melbourne and Adelaide, it publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and creative writing. With its national title, scope and readership, this magazine is committed to highlighting the full range of critical and creative writing from around Australia. ABR is a fully independent non-profit organisation. Its primary aims are several: to foster high critical standards; to provide an outlet for fine new writing; and to contribute to the preservation of literary values and a full appreciation of Australia's literary heritage.

ABR is a bona fide Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. We also have a fast-growing list of Patrons, who are listed here.

Peter Rose is the Editor; and Colin Golvan is Chairperson of the Board.

ABR Laureate

David Malouf 1 - credit Conrad del VillarDavid Malouf (credit: Conrad del Villar)

 In April 2014, at the conclusion of ‘An Evening with David Malouf’ in front of a capacity house at Deakin Edge, Melbourne, David Malouf was named as the inaugural ABR Laureate. He is of course one of our most distinguished authors, with an internationally renowned body of work in fiction, poetry, essays, libretti, and memoir. The Laureateship reflects the Editor’s and the Board’s high regard for David Malouf’s artistry, for his principled and eloquent advancement of literature, and for his generosity to readers and writers – and indeed to this magazine.

In creating the Laureateship (which we intend to offer from time to time), our intentions are twofold: to celebrate our finest writers, but also to advance the work of a younger writer admired by the Laureate. Accordingly, we will invite the Laureate to nominate an ABR Laureate’s Fellow, who will work closely with the Editor over a period of weeks or months, and who will give the magazine a substantial work for publication – an essay, a suite of poems or long poem, a short story, or a memoir. For this, the Fellow will receive $5000. We will name the first of the ABR Laureate’s Fellows in coming weeks.


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