My essays and features have appeared in Griffith Review, Meanjin, Inside Story, Overland, The Guardian, Australian Book Review, The Canberra Times, and Best Australian Science Writing, among others. Recently I co-edited a book called Living with the Anthropocene: Love, loss and hope in the face of environmental crisis (NewSouth). I’m working on a book about the death penalty, punishment, and violence for NewSouth; and another long term project on shadow places (the places from which we draw material resources or to which we outsource our waste and disorder).
I’m a freelance writer, editor and researcher. I’ve worked on public history projects such as the One River art + writing project, which was part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations, the Everyday Futures project, which was a collaboration between the National Museum of Australia and the University of Sydney, and Water Walks, a public walking, photography, and urban nature program with PhotoAccess. I’ve consulted for urban design and history projects including a City of Sydney Indigenous heritage project.
In 2013/14 I was a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany, where I finished writing my book, The Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress: An Environmental History (2014). It was shortlisted in the 2015 NSW Premier’s History Awards.
I helped edit and complete Tony McMichael’s posthumous book, Climate Change and the Health of Nations: Famines, Fevers and the Fates of Populations (OUP 2017).
I’ve been awarded the Griffith Review Emerging Writers’ Prize, an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship, a Contributor’s Circle Varuna Fellowship, shortlisted for the 2019 Bragg Prize for Science Writing and was a finalist in the 2019 Eureka Prizes for Science Journalism.
I have a PhD in environmental history from the Australian National University. I live in Canberra with my partner and three sons
I was raised on the western plains of New South Wales. (Do you know what a gilgai is? Or a cowal?) When I moved to Sydney I spent a year washing cars, volunteered for a youth anti-racism organisation, and studied in the writing program at the University of Technology, Sydney.
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