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Australian Writers: The Animal World in Climate Crisis

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Writers Rebecca Giggs and Laura Jean McKay discuss the challenges of understanding the perspectives of other living beings, and our own place on an evolving planet.

The world has watched as an unprecedented fire season has swept Australia, destroying lives, homes and devastating the natural world.

It is conservatively estimated that half a billion animals have been affected by the fires, while around the world, our planet’s diversity of life is at risk.

Hear from two writers exploring what it means to write about the natural world in a time of environmental crisis.

Giggs’ Fathoms is a meditation on the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about ourselves, our planet and our relationship to other species.

A contemporary take on the Australian road story, Laura Jean McKay’s apocalyptic novel The Animals in That Country asks what would happen if we finally understood what animals were saying.

Rebecca Giggs, from Perth, Western Australia, writes about ecology and environmental imagination, animals, landscape, politics and memory.

Her work has been widely published, including in Granta, Aeon, The Atlantic, Best Australian Stories and Griffith Review.

Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013), shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia.

She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne focusing on literary animal studies, and her work appears in Meanjin, Overland, Best Australian Stories, The Saturday Paper and The North American Review.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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For ages 16+

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