Rebecca Giggs is an author and essayist. Her first book is Fathoms: The World in the Whale.
Fathoms has received positive critical attention in national publications and podcasts —Rebecca has spoken about the book as a guest of ABC Radio National, the Sydney Writers' Festival, and Melbourne's Wheeler Centre. Fathoms was the Kill Your Darlings bookclub-read for July 2020.
Rebecca's nonfiction essays have been shortlisted for the Australian Book Review Calibre Prize and the Woollahra Digital Literary Award; a number of these works are currently taught in universities around Australia. Rebecca's writing has been translated into Korean, Spanish, Finnish and Norwegian. Rebecca has been a recipient of writing fellowships hosted by organisations including the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society (Munich); the Mick Dark Residency at Varuna, the National Writing House (New South Wales); and the AsiaLink Foundation (Tokyo and Kyoto).
Having grown up in Perth, Western Australia, she now splits her year between Perth and London, with occasional stints on the east coast of Australia (Canberra, Melbourne).
Image Credit: Leanne Dixon, 2020
20 February [His Majesty's Theatre, Perth]; Perth Literature Weekend
'Fathoms' shortlisted for the ALA 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
02 December [online]; Glen Eira Libraries Talk
24 November [online]; Wollongong Writers' Festival, in conversation with Laura Jean McKay
23 November [online]; 'Greenhouse' talk for the environmental humanities research group at the University of Stavanger, Norway
22 November [online]; 'Word for Word' National Nonfiction Festival — Panel Conversation with Nib Award Finalists
'Fathoms' AWARDED the 2020 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, for excellence in research and nonfiction writing.
'Fathoms' AWARDED the 2020 Royal Zoological Society's Whitley Award for Popular Zoology
'Fathoms' a finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction.
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24 September; B List Bookclub with the State Library of NSW [Online], Hosted by Bri Lee.
11 September; Write Around the Murray, in conversation with James Bradley.
07 August; Point Reyes Books, in conversation with Robert Moor.
06 July 6:30pm-7:30pm AEST; Avid Reader [Online], in conversation with Angela Dean.
01 July 6:15pm-7:00pm AEST; The Wheeler Centre [Online], 'Fathoms: a Digital Scavenger Hunt.'