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Gender: Female
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Rebecca Giggs is a Western Australian writer of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.

In 2019, Giggs received one of three Norma Redpath Studio residencies, part of the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships. In May 2020, she released Fathoms, a non-fiction exploration of human relationships with whales; it was shortlisted for the 2020 'Nib' and commended at the Whitley Awards. In 2021, she was shortlisted for the Bragg Prize for 'Soundings'.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2022 recipient Varuna Fellowships Varuna Residential Fellowships for narrative nonfiction ‘PET: The future of the animals we keep’
2020 winner Andrew Carnegie Medal (US) for 'Fathoms'.
2020 winner Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature for 'Fathoms'.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Fathoms : The World in the Whale Carlton North : Scribe , 2020 21224317 2020 single work prose

'When writer Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beachfront in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales shed light on the condition of our seas. Fathoms: The World in the Whale blends natural history, philosophy, and science to explore: How do whales experience ecological change? Will our connection to these storied animals be transformed by technology? What can observing whales teach us about the complexity, splendour, and fragility of life? In Fathoms, we learn about whales so rare they have never been named, whale songs that sweep across hemispheres in annual waves of popularity, and whales that have modified the chemical composition of our planet’s atmosphere. We travel to Japan to board the ships that hunt whales and delve into the deepest seas to discover the plastic pollution now pervading the whale’s undersea environment.

'In the spirit of Rachel Carson and Rebecca Solnit, Giggs gives us a vivid exploration of the natural world even as she addresses what it means to write about nature at a time of environmental crisis. ' (Publication summary)

2020 finalist Kirkus Prize Non-fiction
2022 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Non-Fiction
2020 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer
2021 winner Andrew Carnegie Medal (US) Non-fiction
2020 commended Whitley Awards
2020 shortlisted Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature
2021 shortlisted The Stella Prize
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