cute ball Python baby in a Photo stucio.

Rebecca Giggs is an author and essayist. Her first book is Fathoms: The World in the Whale.

In the US Fathoms was awarded the prestigious 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The book also listed as a finalist in the Kirkus Prize and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. In Australia, Fathoms won the 2020 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Prize for Literature, and the Royal Zoological Society's Whitley Award for Popular Zoology. The book has also recently been shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize.

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, Italian, Slovakian, 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). 

MEDIA BIO

Image Credit: Leanne Dixon, 2020

EVENTS

2021

'Fathoms' AWARDED the ALA 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

'Fathoms' short-listed for the 2021 Stella Prize

 

'Fathoms' a finalist for the 2021 PEN / E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

March — May, Writing Creative Nonfiction Course I [online $] Faber Writing Academy

27 April, 'Nature Writing Workshop' [online $] at the Sydney Writers' Festival

30 April 'Your Favourites’ Favourites,' in conversation with Nam Le [book here $] at the Sydney Writers' Festival

30 April 'Iconic Duos: The Next Chapter Writers and Mentors' [book here $] at the Sydney Writers' Festival

02 May 'Land of Plenty' with Bruce Pascoe, Victor Steffensen and Richard Beasley [book here $] at the Sydney Writers' Festival

2020

'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

* * * * *

Past Events

31 March 2021, 'Melbourne Reads' with Melbourne Writers' Festival & the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne

06 March 2021, Nature Writing Workshop; WritingSA

22 February 2021, Talk for World Whale Day; Yukon Arts Centre

21 February 2021; Perth Literature Weekend, in conversation with Chris Flynn

20 February 2021; Perth Literature Weekend, in conversation with Mike Bianco

02 December 2020; Glen Eira Libraries Talk

01 December 2020; National Maritime Museum (UK) Talk

24 November 2020; Wollongong Writers' Festival, in conversation with Laura Jean McKay

23 November 2020; 'Greenhouse' talk for the environmental humanities research group at the University of Stavanger, Norway

22 November 2020; 'Word for Word' National Nonfiction Festival — Panel Conversation with Nib Award Finalists

24 September 2020; B List Bookclub with the State Library of NSW, Hosted by Bri Lee.

11 September 2020; Write Around the Murray, in conversation with James Bradley.

07 August 2020; Point Reyes Books, in conversation with Robert Moor.

06 July 2020; Avid Reader, in conversation with Angela Dean.

01 July 2020; The Wheeler Centre, 'Fathoms: a Digital Scavenger Hunt.'

Branches of Flowers

Press Mentions & Interviews

Podcasts & TV

Media Photos

Image Credit: Leanne Dixon, 2020

Image Credit: Leanne Dixon, 2020

  • Twitter
  • Instagram

© 2020—2030 Rebecca Giggs. Created with Wix.com