Beejay Silcox

'This is the way the world ends' by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
12 May 2019

When truth is stranger than fiction, fiction is a potent source of truth. In the first week of the Trump administration, sales of 1984 increased by 9,500 per cent, catapulting Geo More

'Metal language', a new story by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
23 April 2019

I am a girl who knows how to hold a gun. On weekends, Dad drives me out to the pistol club, while Mum pulls white-sapped weeds from the garden. She plants natives that can handle the salt in the air; angular, bristling plants with angular, bristling names: banksia, grevillea, bottlebrush. A line of Geraldton Wax along the verge to replace some mean and blighted ... More

News from the Editor's Desk - May 2019

Australian Book Review
24 April 2019

ABR News: Giveaways to Cat on a Hot Tin RoofSlaughterhouse Five, and The Chaperone; Story of the Month; submissions open for fortyfivedownstair's Emergin More

Books of the Year 2018

Michelle de Kretser, et al.
26 November 2018

To celebrate the best books of 2018, Australian Book Review invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles. Contributors include Michelle de Kretser

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'The art of pain: Writing in the age of trauma' by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
25 October 2018

Inspirational Memoirs, Painful Lives, Real Lives – these were the polite terms, the labels you might find on bookshop shelves, but the term that stuck was Misery Literature. The books ha More

'We are all MFAs now!' by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
16 July 2018

‘Creative writing is, in sum, as American as baseball, apple pie and homicide.’

Mark McGurl, The Program Era (2009)

My rejection from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop arrived by mail. Iowa was steadfastly old-fashioned: there were no online portals or login codes at the near-mythical mothership of American fiction; no emails or text ... More

Beejay Silcox reviews 'Warlight' by Michael Ondaatje

Beejay Silcox
25 June 2018

In a cheerless London basement, a young man sifts through the bureaucratic detritus of World War II: ‘to unearth whatever evidence might still remain of actions that history might consid More

Beejay Silcox reviews 'Census' by Jesse Ball

Beejay Silcox
24 May 2018

You have come to see a magic show. You arrive at the theatre, take your seat. Before the show begins, the magician steps onstage in his street clothes and explains what you are about to se More

#20 Forty years of ABR: Peter Rose in conversation with Beejay Silcox

18 April 2018

Peter Rose spoke to Beejay Silcox, recipient of Australian Book Review Fortieth Birthday Fellowship, about developments at ABR since the revival of the magazine's second series in 1978. Beejay also discusses her Fellowship essay, 'Defying ... More

'Defying the moment' by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
22 March 2018

Moments began as medieval measures, the time it took for a sundial’s blade of shadow to shift – ninety seconds or so, depending on the season. A slice of sunlight. A moment now carries More

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