About Griffith Review
Griffith Review is a literary and current affairs journal that offers fresh takes on big ideas.
Each edition responds to a loose theme and features essays, short fiction, conversations, poetry and visual art by emerging and established creatives from Australia and overseas.
We publish four print editions a year alongside a suite of regular online content.
Publisher: Professor Scott Harrison
Editor: Carody Culver
Founding Editor: Julianne Schultz AM FAHA
Praise for Griffith Review
‘[An] outstanding collection of essays, reportage, memoir, poetry and fiction.’ Mark McKenna, Honest History
‘…positive and forward-thinking…[a] significant collection.’ Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian
‘The Review doesn’t shirk from the nuanced and doesn’t seek refuge in simplistic notions or slogans. It remains Australia’s primary literary review.’ Professor Ken Smith, Dean and CEO ANZSOG
‘Griffith Review continues to provide a timely focus on contemporary topics through its high-calibre collection of literary works.’ Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor, Brisbane
‘…an eclectic, thought-provoking and uniformly well-written collection.’ Justin Burke, The Australian
‘This is commentary of a high order. The prose is unfailingly polished; the knowledge and expertise of the writers impressive.’ Roy Williams, Sydney Morning Herald
‘Griffith Review is Australia’s most prestigious literary journal.’ stuff.co.nz
‘Essential reading for each and every one of us.’ Readings
'The timely, engaging writing lavishly justifies the Brisbane-based publication’s reputation as Australia’s best example of its genre.’ The West Australian
‘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
‘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
Sir Samuel Walker Griffith
SIR SAMUEL GRIFFITH was one of Australia’s notable early achievers. He occupied positions of authority during some of the most momentous events in the history of the Queensland colony, the frontier wars, the ‘blackbirding’ trade of people from the Pacific, the shearers’ strike and Federation. At times he challenged power, at others he was willing to compromise. He was a man of colonial times, not all his decisions have stood the test of time. Twice the premier of Queensland, the state’s chief justice and the author of its criminal code, he was best known for his pivotal role in drafting the Constitution that led to Federation, and as the new nation’s first chief justice. He was also a reformer and legislator, a complex yet pragmatic man of words.
Griffith died in 1920 and is now most likely to be remembered by 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 in 1971. His commitment to public debate and ideas, his delight in words and art, and his attachment to active citizenship are recognised by this publication that bears his name.
Like Sir Samuel Griffith, Griffith Review is iconoclastic and non-partisan, with a sceptical eye, a pragmatically reforming heart, always ready to debate ideas. Personal, political and unpredictable, it informs and provokes Australia’s best conversations.
During Griffith’s lifetime, and while he was in positions of power, the First Nations of Queensland resisted and suffered British invasion and dispossession. Sir Samuel made it possible for some Aboriginal people to testify in court when charges were brought against settlers. The first Australians survived, but at a terrible cost. In the twenty-first century, the need for a thorough and lasting settlement is urgent, one that respects and honours the rights, history and culture of the descendants of those who were dispossessed.
Griffith Review staff acknowledge and pay particular respect to the traditional custodians of the lands on which their office is located, the Jagera and Turrbal people in South-East Queensland, and to elders throughout Australia.