Blue whale voices have dropped the equivalent of three white keys on the piano in recent years. Why? What role have humans played in this and other changes to the lives of these mysterious and charismatic creatures? And how has our understanding of – and interaction with – whales been affected by technology?
The new book by Rebecca Giggs, Fathoms: the world in the whale, is a riveting work of narrative non-fiction, combining science reporting with personal reflections and lyrical prose.
Join Giggs for a digital scavenger hunt – including conversation, archival photography, video footage, whale music and more – as we dive deep into the world of whales. We'll find out where they're thriving and where they're threatened as Giggs guides us through the lives of these majestic creatures, and answers your questions. Take the plunge on 1 July.
This event includes immersive audio and whale sounds. We recommend using headphones for the best possible experience.
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Rebecca Giggs is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing, Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and Griffith Review. Rebecca's non-fiction focuses on how people connect with animals in a time of technological and ecological change. Her debut book is Fathoms: The World in the Whale.
Veronica is the Wheeler Centre’s Head of Programming.
She is the chair of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. Previously, she was a board member and Program Manager of the Feminist Writers Festival, Prize Manager of the Stella Prize, and Online Editor of Kill Your Darlings. Veronica co-founded and co-hosted Sisteria, a podcast about women and non-binary creatives' experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture.
Veronica was a regular columnist for Books+Publishing magazine in 2020, writing on the Australian publishing industry, and her literary criticism and other writing have been published by the Guardian, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, the Review of Australian Fiction and the Lifted Brow, among others. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from the University of Melbourne.