6:00 PM18:00


Join us at Avid Reader as Krissy Kneen launches my debut novel The Breeding Season!

A breathtaking debut that explores love, science, loss and the so-called feminine ideal.

"Astonishing. The writing is visceral and affecting, the sentences muscular and beating with a linguistic pulse which makes the book feel like a live creature. The Breeding Season is a creature that might in turn, rip your heart out or blanket you in a comforting hug. Craft like this is rare and magical." Krissy Kneen, author of Wintering

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Good Enough to Eat?
6:00 PM18:00

Good Enough to Eat?

So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. So begins Good Enough to Eat? by Professor Ian Godwin (UQ), which challenges Kafka’s culinary sentiments and proceeds to unravel our complex and deeply personal relationship with food.

Including interviews from both sides of the (farmyard) fence; from biologists to farmers and nutritionists to activists, Good Enough to Eat? charts the history of GM foods from the laboratory to the global dinner plate. Equally informative and entertaining, Godwin chronicles the social, political and philosophical arguments for and against GM crops, and the science and knowledge behind the battle for global food security and sustainability.

I’ll be moderating an expert panel to discuss Ian Godwin’s exciting new book and the concepts (and misconceptions) of GM.

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1:00 PM13:00

Sex, Death and Evolution

Crafting Words - Amanda Niehaus & Robbie Wilson - Science in Writing

Sunday 09 June 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop

Ticket $75.00
Tickets available until 09 June 2019 1:00 PM

Calling all science-lovers! It’s time to pick up your pens! Our modern era is rife with misinformation and fake news; by weaving scientists and scientific ideas into our stories—fiction, nonfiction, and poem—we may be able to speak to the complex truths of science better than any journalist can. But how?

In this half-day workshop, award-winning writer Dr Amanda Niehaus will share her journey from scientist to novelist and reveal writing methods and techniques that have helped her translate science into her stories, essays, and a novel. Amanda and her husband, Professor of Biology Robbie Wilson, will discuss the evolutionary and literary links between sex and death and get participants writing new material with science-based prompts. Writers of all writing and scientific backgrounds are welcome!

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1:30 PM13:30

Reading at AWP 2019 in Portland

Quick reads performed by published writers from the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program (including me! I’ll be reading from The Breeding Season). We invite you to enjoy a mix of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from these talented writers. Organized and MC’d by alumni P.D. Keenen.

Learn more about the program here:

Location: Bookfair Stage 2, the Zachary A. Doss Stage

Day: Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Time: 1:30pm-2:45pm

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2:30 PM14:30

"Anatomy of a First Page"

I will be joining Future Fellow Dr Vera Weisbecker in the BIOL EMCR event “How to prepare a kick-ass DECRA” — a short workshop on preparing a DECRA application.

“Impact” is the grant word of 2018! In my part, I’ll be showing potential applicants how to make their work, ideas, and impact (past and future) shine through on the application’s first page.

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9:00 AM09:00


I will be speaking about the intersection of art/literature and science at the annual Biosciences Education Australia Network (BEAN) forum.

The BEAN forums are designed specifically to be of interest to colleagues across all of STE(A)MM, as we really seek to explore ways in which to best prepare ourselves and our students for learning in the 21C. In particular, to explore how we can collaborate to enhance the curriculum from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws from all areas of academia. Please encourage your colleagues from other disciplines to join us!”

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9:00 AM09:00

"Writing for Impact" workshop at ESA 2018

This workshop will focus on writing strategies that increase the impact of scientific research across academia and to the public. The stories we tell the world matter, and how we tell them means everything. Participants will learn how to frame their work in a narrative format that is more appealing and memorable to academic and public audiences and will do some individual and collaborative writing exercises based on abstracts, elevator pitches, and opening paragraphs to papers.

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