About Griffith Review
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Since 2003, Griffith Review has been the leading literary magazine in Australia with an uncanny ability to anticipate emerging trends.

Each themed collection presents fresh insights and analysis of the big issues from pre-eminent Australian and international writers.

Its unique model features a mix of essays, memoir, reportage, short fiction, poetry and visual essays by emerging and established authors who tease out the complexity of current events.

Griffith Review is a high quality, agenda-setting, quarterly publication, delivering insight into the issues that matter most in a timely, authoritative and engaging fashion.

Griffith Review also plays an important role in supporting new and emerging writers alongside established authors, connecting them to a significant national audience and enriching public life. Scores of writers have had their first professional publication in Griffith Review, many of whom have consequently secured publishing contracts, scholarships and awards.

Publisher: Professor Martin Betts, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) at Griffith University


    Julianne Schultz
AM FAHA, Founding Editor

Professor Schultz is a member of the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research and chairs the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She sits on the editorial board of The Conversation and is a member of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Pool of Peers.

She is an acclaimed author of several books, including Reviving the Fourth Estate (Cambridge) and Steel City Blues (Penguin), and the librettos to the operas Black River and Going Into Shadows. She became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and the community in 2009 and an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities the following year.

She is a thought leader on media and culture and an accomplished public speaker and facilitator. She has served on the board of directors of the ABC and Grattan Institute, and chaired and been a member of many advisory boards with a particular focus on education, journalism and creativity, including the Centre for Advancing Journalism, A Companion to the Australian Media, the National Cultural Policy reference group and the Queensland Design Council.

    John Tague
, Managing Editor

John worked as a journalist for twenty-five years in London, contributing to the Independent on Sunday, BBC Radio Four, The Times Literary Supplement and the NME among many others. In Australia he worked for Australian Associated Press and the ABC before joining Griffith Review. John has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in English Literature and Language from the University of Leeds and an MA (Modern Literature: Studies in Fiction) from the University of East Anglia.

    Jerath Head
, Assistant Editor

Jerath Head is a writer and editor with five years experience across various projects and fields. His writing has been published in Kill Your Darlings and New Philosopher, and numerous arts and culture publications in Australia and Ireland. He is co-editing the upcoming Millennials Strike Back (May 2017) edition of Griffith Review, and also works as a research assistant for Griffith University’s Policy Innovation Hub. Jerath has a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) and a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Writing, Editing and Publishing).

    Angela Smith
, Sales & Subscriptions Manager

Angela has over ten years experience in bookselling, with a strong focus on customer service and management. She is also a published freelance book reviewer and writer who has had her work published in the Courier-Mail, The Big Issue and Books+Publishing, among other publications. 


‘Essential reading for each and every one of us.’ Readings

‘A varied, impressive and international cast of authors.’ Australian

‘Griffith Review is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in current affairs, politics, literature and journalism. The timely, engaging writing lavishly justifies the Brisbane-based publication’s reputation as Australia’s best example of its genre.’ West Australian

‘Griffith Review enjoys a much-deserved reputation as one of the best literary journals in Australia. Its contribution to conversations and informed debate on a wide range of topical issues has been outstanding.’ Hon Ian Walker MP, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, Queensland Government

‘This quarterly magazine is a reminder of the breadth and talent of Australian writers. Verdict: literary treat.’ Herald Sun

‘At a time when long form journalism is under threat and the voices in our public debate are often off-puttingly condescending, hectoring and discordant, Griffith Review is the elegant alternative.’ Booktopia Buzz

‘Griffith Review is Australia’s leading literary journal.’ Monocle

‘Surveying the textured literary landscape that constitutes a Griffith Review issue can lead to some surprising reappraisals of the way we read texts, culture and ideas.’ Melbourne Review

‘Griffith Review is a wonderful journal. It’s pretty much setting the agenda in Australia and fighting way above its weight… You’re mad if you don’t subscribe.’ Phillip Adams

‘Griffith Review is the vantage not of the outraged so much as the frustrated, a reliable forum for passionate criticisms aimed at the inadequacy of political discourse in contemporary Australia.’ Australian Book Review


Sir Samuel Griffith was one of Australia’s great early achievers. Twice the premier of Queensland, that state’s chief justice and the author of its criminal code, he was best known for his pivotal role in drafting agreements that led to Federation, and as the new nation’s first chief justice. He was also an important reformer and legislator, a practical and cautious man of words.

Griffith died in 1920 and is now best remembered in his namesakes: an electorate, a society, a suburb and a university. Ninety-six years after he first proposed establishing a university in Brisbane, Griffith University, the city’s second, was created. His commitment to public debate and ideas, his delight in words and art, and his attachment to active citizenship is recognised by the publication that bears his name.

Like Sir Samuel Griffith, Griffith Review is iconoclastic and non-partisan, with a sceptical eye and a pragmatically reforming heart and a commitment to public discussion. Personal, political and unpredictable, it is Australia’s best conversation.