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James Ley James Ley i(A70104 works by)
Born: Established: 1971 Whyalla, Whyalla area, Northern Eyre Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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James Thomas Ley was born in South Australia, and grew up in the northern New South Wales town of Armidale. He studied literature at the University of New England and politics at the University of Melbourne and holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Western Sydney.

Ley has worked as a freelance critic since 1997. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Age, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Book Review, Australian Literary Review, Meanjin, Overland, Australian Literary Studies and the Times Literary Supplement. In January 2013, he became the founding editor of the Sydney Review of Books; in 2018, he remains contributing editor with the periodical.

He has twice acted as a judge in the fiction category for The Age Book of the Year competition.

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y separately published work icon The Australian Face : Essays from the Sydney Review of Books Artarmon : Sydney Review of Books Giramondo Publishing , 2017 12141177 2017 anthology essay

'The Sydney Review of Books is Australia’s leading space for longform literary criticism. Now celebrating five years online, the SRB has published more than five hundred essays by almost two hundred writers. To mark this occasion, The Australian Face collects some of the best essays published in the SRB on Australian fiction, poetry and non-fiction. The essays in this anthology are contributions to the ongoing argument about the condition and purpose and evolving shape of Australian literature. They reflect the ways in which discussions about the state of the literary culture are constantly reaching beyond themselves to consider wider cultural and political issues.

'The Sydney Review of Books was established in 2013 out of frustration at the diminishing public space for Australian criticism on literature. There’s even less space for literature in our newspapers and broadcast media now. The Sydney Review of Books, however, is thriving, as the essays in The Australian Face show. Here, you’ll read essays on well-known figures such as Christos Tsiolkas, Alexis Wright, Michelle de Kretser and Helen Garner, alongside considerations of the work of writers who less frequently receive mainstream attention, such as Lesbia Harford and Moya Costello.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Mascara Avant-garde Awards Anthology
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