Beejay Silcox

'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

News from the Editor's Desk - March 2018

Australian Book Review
21 February 2018

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Eyes to the future

As our fortieth birthday celebrations g ... More

2017 Books of the Year

Australian Book Review
24 November 2017

To celebrate the best books of 2017 Australian Book Review invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles. Contributors include Michelle de Kretser, Susan Wy More

Beejay Silcox reviews 'Border Districts' by Gerald Murnane

Beejay Silcox
24 November 2017

There is a whiff of mythology about Gerald Murnane. He is quietly infamous for who he isn’t: for the things he’s never done (travel by aeroplane); the things he’ll never do (live out More

Beejay Silcox reviews 'The Life to Come' by Michelle de Kretser

Beejay Silcox
22 September 2017

Humans are narrative creatures. We tell stories to make sense of ourselves, but our stories – be they historical, political, fictional, or personal – shape us as much as we shape them. In the service of narrative expediency, we often sacrifice nuance. We turn chance to prophecy, and accidents into choices. We justify and excuse ourselves. We anoint heroes and vi ... More

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