Australian Book Reviewing: How and Why

The Australian Book Review is always seeking to recruit new reviewers. Interested postgraduates and early-career academic staff within the College of Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Asia Pacific at ANU are invited to join ABR editor, Peter Rose, for an informal session on how and why they should become a reviewer for ABR.


How can we bridge the gulf between universities and general magazines? How can readers benefit from the unique insights and expertise of scholars and specialists? How can we encourage graduate students and early-career scholars to write for engaged, non-specialist reader?

Peter Rose – Editor of Australian Book Review, a former OUP publisher, and an award-winning writer – will highlight the many advantages of writing for a non-academic readership during his editorial residency at ANU, the main aim of which is to publish more ANU academics in Australia’s premier literary magazine. He will also stress ABR’s unusual openness to younger critics and commentators, its diverse and lucrative programs, and its bridging role in Australian culture.

Afternoon tea provided.


Peter Rose has been Editor of Australian Book Review since 2001. Throughout the 1990s he was the Academic, General and Reference publisher at Oxford University Press Australia. He conducts regular editorial residencies at universities around the country. He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently The Subject of Feeling (2015). His family memoir, Rose Boys, won the 2003 National Biography Award and now appears as a Text Classic. He has published two novels, including Roddy Parr (2010) and two poetry anthologies. His reviews of books and the arts appear in ABR and other publications.

Date & time

Thu 29 Aug 2019, 2–4pm


Seminar Room 1, Sir Roland Wilson Building, Building #120, McCoy Circuit, ANU


Peter Rose


Humanities Research Centre
+61 2 6125 4357


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