Quantum Words Perth

What a great initiative – Writing WA and Writing NSW have joined forces to produce an annual writers’ festival dedicated to science. This year was Perth’s turn, and the two-day program was filled with excellent panel discussions about everything from orangutans to oceans. I participated in the ocean-themed panel with co-panellists marine scientist Paul Hardisty … More Quantum Words Perth

SCAR 2020 conference, Hobart – call for papers from humanities and social sciences

The Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) is conducting its annual Open Science Conference in Hobart, Tasmania, on 3-7 August 2020. SCAR has an active humanities and social sciences (HASS) community, and the HASS team has issued a call for abstracts as followed: Abstract submission for the upcoming SCAR Open Science Conference in Hobart, Australia (3-7 August 2020) is now … More SCAR 2020 conference, Hobart – call for papers from humanities and social sciences

Talking Southern Ocean history … in London and Dublin!

In early May I had the amazing opportunity to give some presentations in London and Dublin to coincide with the international release of Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean by the University of Chicago Press in April 2019. My first port of call, after the long-haul flight from Canberra, was the Natural History … More Talking Southern Ocean history … in London and Dublin!

Christmas reading

A friend kindly sent me a cutting from the Australian with Wild Sea listed as recommended Christmas reading. Justine Hyde of the State Library of Victoria also tweeted over the Christmas break, saying that she was reading Wild Sea on a beach holiday by the Southern Ocean. She said: ‘It’s a fabulous natural history book … More Christmas reading

Australians in Antarctica…and other adventures

I’m enjoying the process of researching a new book on Australians in Antarctica for the National Library of Australia. Whenever I get the chance, I spend time in the Petherick Reading Room surrounded by books, and occasionally taking time out to delve into the Special Collections materials. How lucky am I! On another note, I’m … More Australians in Antarctica…and other adventures