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ABR Photos

Friday, 06 April 2018 10:31 Written by Hidden Author

The following photos record key events, prizes, ceremonies, tours, and personalities since 2001. Australian Book Review holds copyright in all these photos but no permission is required to reproduce them. We seek acknowledgment that Australian Book Review is the copyright holder. For higher resolution versions of the images, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ABR Fellow Beejay Silcox in Cairo, Egypt (November, 2018)ABR Fellow Beejay Silcox in Cairo, Egypt (November, 2018)

2001 summer issue launch Peter Rose and Terry Cutler jpgPeter Rose and Terry Cutler at the launch of the 2001 Summer issue

Peter RoseCurrent Editor and CEO of Australian Book Review, Peter Rose

Peter Rose and Peter Porter 2002Peter Rose and Peter Porter, 2002

2003 National Biography Award shared by Don Watson and Peter RoseThe 2003 National Biography Award was shared by Don Watson and Peter Rose

Ian Donaldson ABR Fiftieth Birthday Lecture at the NLA 2011Ian Donaldson gives the ABR Fiftieth Birthday Lecture at the National Library of Australia in 2011

Jolley Prize 2011 Ian Dickson Carrie Tiffany Gregory DayIan Dickson, Carrie Tiffany, and Gregory Day at the 2011 Jolley Prize ceremony

ABR moves to Boyd Community Hub 2012ABR moved to Boyd Community Hub in Southbank in 2012

Peter Rose Morag Fraser Rodney Hall at opening of Boyd 2012Peter Rose, Morag Fraser, and Rodney Hall at opening of Boyd in 2012

Lisa Gorton and Ian Donaldon first Fireside Chat at Boyd 2012Lisa Gorton and Ian Donaldon speak at the first Fireside Chat at Boyd, 2012

Gerald Murnane and Andy Griffiths event at Boyd event 2013 001Andy Griffiths and Gerald Murnane at an event at Boyd, 2013

Jolley Prize 2014 Jennifer DownJennifer Down wins the 2014 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Morag Fraser ABR event 2014Morag Fraser speaks at an ABR event, 2014

David Malouf ABR Laureate 2014ABR Laureate David Malouf speaks at an ABR event, 2014

Dahl Fellow Danielle Clode at the launch of the Environment issue 2014ABR Eucalypt Australia (formerly known as the Dahl Trust) Fellow Danielle Clode at the launch of the Environment issue, 2014

ABR Fellow Shannon Burns 20152014 ABR Patrons' Fellow Shannon Burns

Calibre Essay prize winner Christine Piper signs the guestbook at Boyd YEAR2014 Calibre Essay Prize winner Christine Piper signs the guestbook at Boyd

Brisbane Festival 2015 Jonathan Galassi and Peter RoseJonathan Galassi and Peter Rose and the 2015 Brisbane Writers' Festival

2015 Birth of the ABR PodcastDeputy Editor Amy Baillieu edits the first ABR Podcast, 2015

Ashley Hay 2015Ashley Hay visits the ABR office, 2015

ABR Patrons Annual Lecture 2016 Kim WilliamsKim Williams at the ABR Patrons Annual Lecture 2016

ABR Patrons Annual Lecture with Kim Williams 2016Ian Dickson, Kikm Williams, Colin Golvan, and Peter Rose at the ABR Patrons Annual Lecture, 2016

2016 Porter Prize Amanda JoyPeter Rose with the winner of the 2016 Porter Prize, Amanda Joy

Robyn Archer launches the Arts issue 2016Robyn Archer AO launches the November 2016 Arts issue

ABR team with Rae Frances at Monash launch 2Left to right: Amy Baillieu, Dilan Gunawardana, Rae Frances, Peter Rose, Colin Golvan, and Christopher Menz at the launch of ABR's partnership with Monash University, 2016

ABR US tour at Concord 2016The ABR US tour group at Concord, Massachusetts, 2016

Geraldine Brooks Ambassador Caroline Millar Anna Funder ABR US tour 2016Geraldine Brooks, Ambassador Caroline Millar, and Anna Funder at the Australian embassy in Washington, during the ABR US tour, 2016

ABR US cultural tour at the Clark Institute 2016ABR US cultural tour at the Clark Institute, Massachusetts, 2016

ABR Jolley ALABJRMBCIDAnthony Lawrence, Josephine Rowe, Amy Baillieu, Maxine Beneba-Clark, and Ian Dickson at the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize ceremony at the 2016 Melbourne Writers' Festival

Peter Rose and Robert Silvers at NYRB 2016Peter Rose and Robert Silvers at the New York Review of Books offices, 2016

2017 States of Poetry TasmaniaTim Thorne, Adrienne Eberhard, Karen Knight, Louise Oxley, Sarah Day, and Peter Rose launch series two of the Tasmanian States of Poetry anthology at the Hobart Book Shop, 2017

Michael Adams and Darius Sepehri at Calibre Essay Prize event 2017Michael Adams and Darius Sepehri at the readings of their 2017 ABR Calibre Prize winning essays

2017 UK tour CJM at the Wallace CollectionChristopher Menz at the Wallace Collection, London, as part of the 2017 ABR tour to the UK

Porter Prize 2017Michael Lee Phillips, Anthony Lawrence, Jessie Tu, Damen O'Brien, and Jen Saunders at the 2017 Peter Porter Poetry Prize ceremony

Peter Rose and Pam Brown at Writers Week 2018Peter Rose and Pam Brown at the 2018 Adelaide Writers' Week

Peter Rose and Sarah Holland Batt at Writers Week 2018Peter Rose and Sarah Holland-Batt at the 2018 Adelaide Writers' Week

John Hawke Morag Fraser Nicholas Wong Peter Rose Porter Prize event 2018John Hawke, Morag Fraser, Nicholas Wong, and Peter Rose at the 2018 Peter Porter Poetry Prize ceremony

Media releases

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 16:30 Written by Australian Book Review


February 2019

pdfAnnouncing the Peter Porter Poetry Prize shortlist

pdfDominic Kelly available for interview - Trouble at MUP

January 2019

pdfJanuary-February issue


December 2018

pdfABR December issue

November 2018

pdfJoy Damousi and academics respond to ARC controversy

pdfBeejay Silcox on the rise of Misery Literature

pdfABR November issue

October 2018

pdfABR October issue 

pdfLouise Adler available for interview - Benjamin Netanyahu

September 2018

pdfABR September issue

August 2018

pdfABR announces the winner of the 2018 Jolley Prize

pdfBeejay Silcox on MFA programs

pdfABR August Fiction issue

July 2018

pdfShortlist announced for the ABR 2018 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

pdfABR's Open Letter on the ABC

June 2018

pdfABR July Film and Television issue

pdfJames McNamara, guest editor of the JuneJuly Film and Television issue, available for interview

pdfFelicity Chaplin available for interview – the #MeToo movement in Hollywood

pdfSally Grant available for interview – The book and film adaptation of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

pdfDilan Gunawardana available for interview – On Black Panther

May 2018

pdfMay issue

pdfKirsten Tranter available for interview – 2018 Calibre Essay Prize (runner-up): 'Once Again: Outside in the House of Art'

pdfAlan Atkinson available for interview – The Bible in Australia: A cultural history by Meredith Lake

April 2018

pdfApril issue

pdfKirsten Tranter available for interview

March 2018

pdfMarch issue

pdfAustralian Book Review turns forty

pdfBeejay Silcox on Australian magazine culture

pdfLucas Grainger-Brown wins the 2018 Calibre Essay Prize

pdfNicholas Wong wins the 2018 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

February 2018

pdfABR's Fortieth Birthday Fellow

pdf2018 Peter Porter Poetry Prize shortlist

pdfThe ABR Film Survey

pdfDavid Brophy on Clive Hamilton's

pdfPaul Collins available for interview

pdfGideon Haigh available for interview

January 2018

pdfJanuary-February issue

pdf Publisher Picks

pdfMichael Winkler available for interview

Progressive PR and Publicity

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 16:29 Written by Australian Book Review

For all media enquiries please contact Darren Saffin at Progressive PR and Communications: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 9696 6417

For performing arts companies, galleries, and film distributors

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 16:12 Written by Australian Book Review

How do arts companies have their productions reviewed in ABR?

ABR publishes timely, extended, knowledgeable reviews of plays, operas, films, concerts of all sorts, dance, festivals and art exhibitions - most of them in Australia, with some from overseas. All reviews appear open-access at ABR Arts. Some later appear in the print edition.

If you would like a production from your company to be considered for review in ABR Arts, please send the relevant information by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Due to the volume of submissions and our small staff, we cannot guarantee a review and nor do we contact you personally to advise on the commissioning status. If a review is commissioned, a link to the review will be sent to you upon publication.

For publishers

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 16:11 Written by Australian Book Review

How do publishers have their books reviewed in ABR?

We encourage publishers of all genres to make submissions for review in the magazine.

If you would like a book from your publishing house or independent press to be considered for review, please fill out the form below and send it with a copy of the book to the ABR postal address. Due to the volume of submissions and our small staff, we cannot guarantee a review and nor do we contact you personally to advise on the commissioning status. If a review is commissioned, a PDF of the review will be sent to you upon publication.

• Review submission form

About Australian Book Review

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 15:24 Written by Australian Book Review

Australian Book Review (ABR) is one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines. Created in 1961, it lapsed in 1974 and was revived in 1978. This year thus marks the fortieth birthday of the second series.

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.

Peter Rose is the Editor; and Colin Golvan QC is Chairperson of the Board. The Editor often consults an advisory board comprising writers and academics around the country.

ABR publishes reviews, essays, commentaries, interviews and new creative writing. The magazine is national in readership, authorship, distribution, events and partners. It is available in print and online via ABR Online.

Through ABR Arts, ABR engages with all the arts and publishes timely, extended reviews of new films, plays, operas, concerts, dance, festivals, and art exhibitions.

ABR’s diverse programs include three prestigious international prizes, writers’ fellowships worth as much as $10,000, themed issues, national events, cultural tours, and paid editorial internships.

ABR is committed to highlighting the strengths of critical and creative writing around Australia and presenting them to an international audience. We pay for everything we publish – print and online – and our rates have almost trebled in recent years.

ABR is a bona fide Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. We have a successful philanthropy program which has helped to transform this magazine in recent years. Our many Patrons are listed elsewhere on the website.

ABR Timeline - Highlights

Thursday, 29 March 2018 17:38 Written by Australian Book Review


Australian Book Review is founded in Adelaide by Max Harris and Geoffrey Dutton. This first series, edited by Max Harris and Rosemary Wighton, ran until 1974.


Australian Book Review is revived, with John McLaren as Editor


John Gorton writes about six Australian prime ministers


Kerryn Goldsworthy becomes the second Editor


In the 100th issue Manning Clark reviews Kate Grenville’s Joan Makes History


Rosemary Sorensen becomes the fourth Editor, succeeding Louise Adler


David Malouf reviews David Marr’s biography of Patrick White
Robert Dessaix’s influential essay on multiculturalism, ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’


Helen Daniel becomes the fifth Editor; forum on the Helen Demidenko controversy


With the closure of the National Book Council,  ABR becomes fully independent
Publication of the 200th issue in the second series
ABR moves to Richmond from Carlton


Tributes to Helen Daniel in the November issue
Aviva Tuffield wins the ABR Reviewing Competition


Peter Rose becomes the sixth Editor
ABR begins publishing new poems
Peter Porter writes at length about Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes


La Trobe University becomes principal sponsor


Former Editor Kerryn Goldsworthy reflects on the early years of ABR for the 250th issue in the second series


Flinders University becomes a sponsor
Stephen Edgar wins the first ABR Poetry Prize for his poem 'Man on the Moon'


Elisabeth Holdsworth wins the first Calibre Essay Prize for her essay 'An die nachgeborenen: For those who come after'


Publication of the 300th issue in the second series. The issue includes a birthday feature with an Editorial from Peter Rose and tributes from contributors including Inga Clendinnen, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Richard Walsh, and Clive James.


Michelle de Kretser is our first subject on Open Page
Mark Gomes becomes the first of many full-time paid interns


Maria Takolander wins the first ABR Short Story Prize for her story ‘A Roānkin Philosophy of Poetry


ABR Online is launched
Gregory Day and Carrie Tiffany share the renamed ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for their stories 'The Neighbour's Beans' and 'Before He Left the Family'
Patrick Allington is the inaugural ABR Patrons’ Fellow, his Fellowship essay 'What is Australia Anyway?: The Glorious Limitations of the Miles Franklin Literary Award’ appears in the June 2011 issue
Judith Bishop wins the renamed Peter Porter Poetry Prize for her poem 'Openings'


ABR moves to Boyd Community Hub in Southbank


Martin Thomas wins the Calibre Essay Prize for his essay “Because it’s your country”: Bringing Back the Bones to West Arnhem Land’ – our best-read online feature to date
Brian Matthews is our first Critic of the Month
Launch of ABR Arts, formerly Arts Update


Inaugural Environment issue, with the first ABR Eucalypt Fellowship essay by Danielle Clode
Robert Adamson is the first Poet of the Month
David Malouf is named ABR Laureate


Colin Golvan QC succeeds long-time Chair Morag Fraser
First Film & Television issue


New partnership with Monash University
First ABR cultural tour (USA)
Robyn Archer becomes the second ABR Laureate
States of Poetry is launched


Four-year funding from the Australia Council
Four ABR Fellowships
Prominent role in the marriage equality campaign including our Open Letter
Michael Heyward is our first Publisher of the Month


ABR celebrates its fortieth birthday
Beejay Silcox becomes the ABR Fortieth Birthday Fellow
ABR again increases payments to writers
Third ABR Cultural Tour (Germany)
ABR Open Letter in support of the ABC signed by 100 writers/commentators/artists/public figures

Support ABR

Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:50 Written by Australian Book Review

Support the magazine that supports Australian writers!

ABR champions literature and the arts at a time when many writers’ and artists’ earnings are low. Our support for writers and reviewers takes many forms: increased payments, scrupulous editing, public advocacy, talks and workshops, and exposure to our international audience.

ABR seeks donations to further increase payments to writers, to expand our programs, and to foster brilliant new writing. Your donation – large or small – will help Australian writers.

ABR is an independent not-for-profit organisation fully dependent on money raised from subscribers, donors, foundations, government, and advertising. ABR is a bona-fide Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and are much appreciated. Private support is essential for the continued growth of ABR

What do donations support?

Better payments for writers
Three annual literary prizes
Literary fellowships
Fiction and poetry in the magazine
Discounted subscriptions for young readers
National arts coverage through ABR Arts

To donate to ABR, click here.

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ABR Laureates

Friday, 24 February 2017 13:00 Written by Australian Book Review

In creating the ABR Laureateship 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 invited 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.

Robyn Archer (2016–)

Robyn Archer (photograph by Claudio Raschella)

Robyn Archer – a performer and writer of many accomplishments – is an internationally renowned exponent of classic European cabaret. Audiences here and abroad have relished her inimitable voice, artistry, and superlative diction. In addition to her writing and artistic work, she has directed numerous arts festivals, including Adelaide and Melbourne. She is a ceaseless advocate for the arts and a respected mentor to new generations of artists and artistic directors. Robyn Archer will nominate an ABR Laureate’s Fellow, who will work closely with the Editor on a substantial work for publication. The Fellow will receive $7,500, courtesy of the ABR Patrons.

David Malouf (2014–16)

David Malouf (photograph by Conrad del Villar)

David Malouf was named as the inaugural ABR Laureate in April 2014. He is 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. Michael Aiken was chosen as the first ABR Laureate's Fellow and received $5,000 for his Fellowship poem ‘Satan Repentant’, which was published in the August 2016 issue of Australian Book Review.

ABR contributor list (1961-1974)

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:32 Written by Hidden Author

Welcome to the ABR contributor list for the first series (1961–74). Here you will find a list of all the contributors who have written for ABR since 1961–74 and the issue numbers in which they were published. You can download the PDF of the list here:


Below is the list of issue numbers for that period. As you will see, the original series was organised into volumes until September 1969, where the issues were organised by month and year.

Vol. 1 No. 1 November 1961
Vol. 1 No. 2 December 1961
Vol. 1 No. 3 January 1962
Vol. 1 No. 4 February 1962
Vol. 1 No. 5 March 1962
Vol. 1 No. 6 April 1962
Vol. 1 No. 7 May 1962
Vol. 1 No. 8 June 1962
Vol. 1 No. 9 July 1962
Vol. 1 No. 10 August 1962
Vol. 1 No. 11 September 1962
Vol. 1 No. 12 October 1962
Vol. 2 No. 1 November 1962
Vol. 2 No. 2 December 1962
Vol. 2 No. 3 January 1963
Vol. 2 No. 4 February 1963
Vol. 2 No. 5 March 1963
Vol. 2 No. 6 April 1963
Vol. 2 No. 7 May 1963
Vol. 2 No. 8 June 1963
Vol. 2 No. 9 July 1963
Vol. 2 No. 10 August 1963
Vol. 2 No. 11 September 1963
Vol. 2 No. 12 October 1963
Vol. 3 No. 1 November 1963
Vol. 3 No. 2 December 1963
Vol. 3 No. 3 January 1964
Vol. 3 No. 4 February 1964
Vol. 3 No. 5 March 1964
Vol. 3 No. 6 April 1964
Vol. 3 No. 7 May 1964
Vol. 3 No. 8 June 1964
Vol. 3 No. 9 July 1964
Vol. 3 No. 10 August 1964
Vol. 3 No. 11 September 1964
Vol. 3 No. 12 October 1964
Vol. 4 No. 1 November 1964
Vol. 5 No. 1 November 1965
Vol. 5 Nos. 2 & 3 December/January 1965-66
Vol. 5 No. 4 February 1966
Vol. 5 No. 5 March 1966
Vol. 5 No. 6 April 1966
Vol. 5 No. 7 May 1966
Vol. 5 No. 8 June 1966
Vol. 5 No. 9 July 1966
Vol. 5 No. 10 August 1966
Vol. 5 No. 11 September 1966
Vol. 5 No. 12 October 1966
Children’s Book and Educational Supplement 1966 (CS66)
Vol. 6 No. 1 November 1966
Vol. 6 (Nos. 2 & 3) December/January 1966-67
Vol. 6 No. 4 February 1967
Vol. 6 No. 5 March 1967
Vol. 6 No. 6 April 1967
Vol. 6 No. 7 May 1967
Vol. 6 No. 8 June 1967
Vol. 6 No. 9 July 1967
Vol. 6 No. 10 August 1967
Vol. 6 No. 11 September 1967
Vol. 6 No. 12 October 1967
Children’s Book and Educational Supplement 1967 (CS67)
Vol. 7 No. 1 November 1967
Vol. 7 Nos. 2&3 December 1967/January 1968
Vol. 7 No. 4 February 1968
Vol. 7 No. 5 March 1968
Vol. 7 No. 6 April 1968
Vol. 7 No. 7 May 1968
Vol. 7 No. 8 June 1968
Vol. 7 No. 9 July 1968
Vol. 7 No. 10 August 1968
Vol. 7 No. 11 September 1968
Vol. 7 No. 12 October 1968
Children’s Book and Educational Supplement 1968 (CS68)
Vol. 8 No. 1 November 1968
Vol. 8 Nos. 2 & 3 December 1968/January 1969
Vol. 8 No. 4 February 1969
Vol. 8 No. 5 March 1969
Vol. 8 No. 6 April 1969
Vol. 8 No. 7 May 1969
Vol. 8 No. 8 June 1969
Vol. 8 No. 9 July 1969 (Children’s Book and Educational Supplement)
Vol. 8 No. 10 August 1969
September 1969 (9:69)
October 1969 (10:69)
November 1969 (11:69)
December 1969 / January 1970 (12:69)
February 1970 (2:70)
March 1970 (3:70)
April 1970 (4:70)
May 1970 (5:70)
June 1970 (6:70)
July 1970 (Children’s Book and Educational Supplement) (7:70)
August 1970 (8:70)
September 1970 (9:70)
October 1970 (10:70)
November 1970 (11:70)
December 1970 / January 1971 (12:70)
February 1971 (2:71)
March 1971 (3:71)
April 1971 (4:71)
Volume 10 Winter Issue (now quarterly) including Children’s Book Supplement ’71 (7:71)
Volume 10 Spring Issue (11:71)
Volume 10 Summer Issue (2:72)
Volume 11 Autumn Issue (5:72)
Volume 11 September 1972 (9:72)
Volume 11 December 1972 (12:72)
Volume 11 April 1973 (4:73)
Volume 11 July 1973 (7:73)

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