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Conference & Online

Critics’ Corner

What is the place of criticism and how can critics engage with literature in meaningful, impactful ways? These writers look at the role of the critic, how to engage with works thoroughly and thoughtfully, and the implications and impacts of cultural criticism.


Critics’ Corner is part of the National Writers’ Conference, a one-day online gathering of emerging writers on Zoom.  

Check out the full Conference program here 

To ensure the online event stays private, ticket holders will be emailed the relevant Zoom links 30 minutes prior to the Conference start time. Please check your email on the day of the event (including that pesky junk email folder). Ticket bookings will cease 1 hour before the Conference starts.  

You can download Zoom for free here. Read more about how to set up Zoom’s automatic transcription feature here. 

If you have any difficulty connecting to the event, please email us at [email protected] 


Catriona Menzies-Pike

Catriona Menzies-Pike is the editor of the Sydney Review of Books.

Claire Cao

Claire Cao is a writer and critic from Western Sydney, with a focus on screen, literature and contemporary art.

Carissa Lee

Carissa Lee is a First Nations actor and writer based in Narrm, and First Nations Commissioning Editor for The Conversation.

Michael Sun

Michael Sun is a critic and essayist based on Gadigal land / Sydney who loves beautiful dogs and ugly fonts.

Oliver Reeson

Oliver Reeson is an essayist and screenwriter.