Professor Ivor Indyk

Professor Ivor Indyk

Whitlam Chair,
Writing and Society Research Centre


Ivor Indyk is founding editor and publisher of HEAT magazine and the award-winning Giramondo book imprint, and Whitlam Professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. His current research projects include the history of Australian literary publishing, the expression of emotion in Australian literature, with a particular interest in Patrick White, and the literary exploration of provincialism, including such concepts as awkwardness, shyness, embarrassment and wonder. Important Australian authors published by him at Giramondo include Alexis Wright (winner of the Miles Franklin Award), Brian Castro, Gerald Murnane, Nicholas Jose, Judith Beveridge, Jennifer Maiden, Robert Gray, Gig Ryan, Beverley Farmer and Antigone Kefala; and amongst younger writers Lisa Gorton, Alice Melike Ülgezer, Tom Cho, Vanessa Berry, Luke Beesley and Kate Middleton. He has a particular interest in the development and publication of writers from the Western Sydney region, most recently Fiona Wright, Felicity Castagna, Luke Carman and Mohammed Ahmad.

A critic, essayist and reviewer, he has written a monograph on David Malouf for Oxford University Press, and essays on many aspects of Australian literature, art, architecture and publishing.

Ivor Indyk’s areas of postgraduate supervision include literary publishing, literary criticism, Australian literature, creative writing.


This information has been contributed by Professor Indyk.


  • PhD University of London

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Writing and Society Research Centre


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Chapters in Books

  • Indyk, I. (2020), 'What kind of literary history is A History of Books', Gerald Murnane: Another World in This One, Sydney University Press 9781743326404.
  • Indyk, I. (2017), 'A Really Long Prospect : Eiizabeth Harrower's fallen world', Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays, Sydney University Press 9781743325599.
  • Indyk, I. (2015), 'Patrick White's expressionism', Patrick White Beyond the Grave: New Critical Perspectives, Anthem Press 9781783083978.
  • Indyk, I. (2013), 'The economics of the Australian literary classic', By the Book?: Contemporary Publishing in Australia, Monash University Publishing 9781922235206.
  • Indyk, I. (2013), 'The journals of Antigone Kefala', Antigone Kefala: A Writer's Journey, Owl 9780980532173.
  • Poland, L. and Indyk, I. (2010), 'Rejected by America? Some Tensions in Australian-American Literary Relations', Reading Across the Pacific: Australia - United States Intellectual Histories, Sydney University Press 9781920899660.
  • Indyk, I. (2009), 'Magical Numbers', Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch, and Australian Literary Culture, Sydney University Press 9781920899455.
  • Indyk, I. (2006), 'The status of a colonial : like that of a Jew', A. A. Phillips on the Cultural Cringe, Melbourne University Publishing 9780522852219.
  • Indyk, I. (2004), 'Imants Tillers Expressionism', Transmissions: From Here and There. Works by Imants Tillers, Monash University Museum of Art 0975111027.
  • Indyk, I. (2004), 'Hochzeit der Elemente', Hochzeit der Elemente: Zeitgenossische Australische Dichtung, DuMont Verlag 3832178791.

Journal Articles

  • Indyk, I. (2020), 'Publishing from the provinces', Sydney Review of Books, vol February 18, 2020 .
  • Indyk, I. (2016), 'The mastery of p.o. Fitzroy: The Biography', Sydney Review of Books, vol 26 April 2016 .
  • Indyk, I. (2015), 'Kenneth Slessor and Time', Sydney Review of Books, vol 10/04/15 .
  • Indyk, I. (2015), 'On novelists and poets', Sydney Review of Books, vol 20/03/2015 .
  • Indyk, I. (2015), 'i.m. Jann Harry', Sydney Review of Books, vol 05/06/2015 .
  • Indyk, I. (2015), 'Gig Ryan and difficulty', Sydney Review of Books, vol 24/04/2015 .
  • Indyk, I. (2015), 'Simple poems', Sydney Review of Books, vol 08/05/2015 .
  • Indyk, I. (2015), 'The cult of the middlebrow', Sydney Review of Books, vol 04.09.15 .
  • Indyk, I. (2014), 'David Malouf : a life in letters', Sydney Review of Books, vol 4 July 2014 .

Previous Projects

Title: Australian Indigenous Storytelling: A critical study of the way Aboriginal stories are being told in Australia today
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Alexis Wright and Ivor Indyk
Years: 2013-03-01 - 2017-06-30
ID: P00020977
Title: Australian literary publishing and its economies 1965-1995
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Ivor Indyk
Years: 2007-01-01 - 2010-06-30
ID: P0015127
Title: Western Sydney Writing Project
  • NSW Ministry for the Arts
Western Researchers: Ivor Indyk
Years: 2006-07-01 - 2007-06-30
ID: P0015253
Title: Australia-China Literary Translation Project
  • Australia Council for the Arts
Western Researchers: Gail Jones, Nicholas Jose and Ivor Indyk
Years: 2008-10-01 - 2009-12-31
ID: P00016379
Title: Chinese Translation and Publishing Project: Visit by Shanghai Publisher Peng Lun
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Western Researchers: Ivor Indyk, Nicholas Jose and Gail Jones
Years: 2009-02-01 - 2009-12-28
ID: P00016669
Title: Publication program and development for Western Sydney Writers
  • Department of Justice NSW
Western Researchers: Ivor Indyk and Mohammed Ahmad
Years: 2016-07-01 - 2019-04-30
ID: P00023543
Title: Research project into the effectiveness, both critical and financial, of Literature Board subsidies to Australian publishers over the 10 years 1995-2005
  • Australia Council for the Arts
Western Researchers: Ivor Indyk and Louise Poland
Years: 2009-05-11 - 2010-01-31
ID: P00017080


Professor Indyk is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: A New Life's Purpose: Place and Popularity of Self Help Books in Australian Literary Culture
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Transcendence, Transgression and Perversion
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Love Animals: Contemporary Literature and the Creaturely (A Novel and Exegesis)
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: At the End of the Day
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Free Verse, Closed Forms and the Lyrical Poet
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: The Secular Wood: Literary Criticism in the Public Sphere
Field of Research: Literature
Thesis Title: "At all events, in retrospect I became preoccupied": The Prose Fictional Metaphysics of W. G. Sebald
Field of Research: Literature
Thesis Title: The Merchant's House: The Private and the Public in the Writing of Home
Field of Research: Performing Arts, N.e.c.; Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: Double Lives: Rex Battarbee and Albert Namatjira
Field of Research: Creative Arts
Thesis Title: Reading Books in Buenos Aires
Field of Research: Written Communication; Literature; Language And Literature

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