Author chat at Fullers Bookshop, Hobart
Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Author chat at Fullers Bookshop, Hobart

The rains come to Brisbane just as Elise and Dan descend into grief. Elise, a scientist, believes that isolation and punishing fieldwork will heal her pain. Her husband Dan, a writer, questions the truths of his life, and looks to art for answers. Worlds apart, Elise and Dan must find a way to forgive themselves and each other before it’s too late.

An astounding debut novel that forensically and poetically explores the intersections of art and science, sex and death, and the heartbreaking complexity of love. The Breeding Season marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent in Australian literature.

Join Amanda at Fullers.

You can RSVP here: https://www.fullersbookshop.com.au/event/the-breeding-season/

We recommend arriving early as seating is limited. 

You can can listen to Amanda’s chat with Sarah Kanowski here: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/amanda-niehaus-quolls/11463306)

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month - An Author Chat with Amanda Niehaus and Josie Dietrich at Books @ Stones
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - An Author Chat with Amanda Niehaus and Josie Dietrich at Books @ Stones

This year, more than 19,000 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer — and, thanks to medical advancements, most will survive it. But what does survival look like for younger women with the disease? 

 On Thursday October 24th, Books @ Stones are pleased to host a conversation between Brisbane writers and breast cancer survivors, Dr Amanda Niehaus (author of The Breeding Season, Allen & Unwin, 2019) and Josie Dietrich (author of In Danger: A Memoir of Family and Hope, UQP, 2018). 

Both Amanda and Josie were diagnosed with breast cancer in their early- or mid-30s, when their children were less than a year old. Their treatments caused early menopause (with all its joys) and changed their career plans and perspectives on life. Both wrote books confronting their experiences—Amanda wrote a novel and Josie, a memoir.

In this conversation, the authors will openly discuss their experiences with cancer and cancer survival, including the stories behind their books and why they took the form they did. How do fiction and memoir differ in how they are conceived and written and read?

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Author chat at The Book Tree, Toowoomba
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Author chat at The Book Tree, Toowoomba

The rains come to Brisbane just as Elise and Dan descend into grief. Elise, a scientist, believes that isolation and punishing fieldwork will heal her pain. Her husband Dan, a writer, questions the truths of his life, and looks to art for answers. Worlds apart, Elise and Dan must find a way to forgive themselves and each other before it’s too late.

An astounding debut novel that forensically and poetically explores the intersections of art and science, sex and death, and the heartbreaking complexity of love. The Breeding Season marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent in Australian literature.

Join Amanda at The Book Tree.

RSVP info to come!

You can can listen to Amanda’s chat with Sarah Kanowski here: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/amanda-niehaus-quolls/11463306)

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Writing to Save the Planet - a QWC workshop with Jess White
Nov
9
1:30 PM13:30

Writing to Save the Planet - a QWC workshop with Jess White

Learn how you can save the planet with climate fiction.

The last five years have seen a boom in cli-fi, or climate fiction, mirroring our anxieties about the sixth mass extinction and a world in which extreme weather events are increasing in frequency. Through cli-fi, we can imagine the trajectories of human and other-than-human populations, devise positive futures, or compel our readers to think about our circumstances in radically different ways.

Author and researcher, Dr Jessica White, will be joined by biologist and an award-winning author, Dr Amanda Niehaus to discuss climate and eco-focused literature, drawing upon Amanda's latest novel, The Breeding Season.

Learning Outcomes:

Through group discussions, you will develop your knowledge about the following:

  • A range of genres within cli-fi, including solarpunk, near-future novels and intergalactic stories.

  • How to use time and structure to reveal the slow pace of climate change.

  • How to create believable characters in unbelievable situations.

  • How to positively represent vulnerable populations in a changing world, such as people with disabilities.

  • How to include and represent the other-than-human world in ethical ways.

Booking details here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/writing-to-save-the-planet-with-jessica-white-and-amanda-niehaus-tickets-70859190747


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In conversation with Charlotte Callander at Antipodes Bookshop, Sorrento VIC
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

In conversation with Charlotte Callander at Antipodes Bookshop, Sorrento VIC

Scientist and debut author Amanda Niehaus in discussion with writer Charlotte Callander

Based on Amanda's own scientific research, The Breeding Season is an astounding debut novel that forensically and poetically explores the intersections of art and science, sex and death, and the heartbreaking complexity of love.

ANTIPODES BOOKSHOP

138 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento VIC 3943

Information to come!

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The Book Show with Sarah L'Estrange on ABC National Radio
Oct
11
11:00 AM11:00

The Book Show with Sarah L'Estrange on ABC National Radio

The debut novel of many of Australia's great writers launched their literary careers: there's Tim Winton's An Open Swimmer, Helen Garner's Monkey Grip and Richard Flanagan's Death of a River Guide.

The Debut Writers series introduces you to new voices in Australian literature.

We bring you interviews with debut novelists to find out more about their first book and the obstacles they've overcome to write it.

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In conversation with Varuna House's Amy Sambrooke at Megalong Books in Leura
Sep
28
6:15 PM18:15

In conversation with Varuna House's Amy Sambrooke at Megalong Books in Leura

Scientist and debut author Amanda Niehaus in discussion with Varuna - The Writer’s House’s own Amy Sambrooke

Based on Amanda's own scientific research, The Breeding Season is an astounding debut novel that forensically and poetically explores the intersections of art and science, sex and death, and the heartbreaking complexity of love.

MEGALONG BOOKS

183 The Mall, Leura NSW 2780

Only 30 spots avaiable! Book yours here

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In conversation with Prof Rob Brooks at Gleebooks
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

In conversation with Prof Rob Brooks at Gleebooks

Let’s Talk Sex (and Death)

Scientist and debut author Amanda Niehaus in discussion with UNSW Scientia Professor Rob Brooks, author of Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Based on Amanda's own scientific research, The Breeding Season is an astounding debut novel that forensically and poetically explores the intersections of art and science, sex and death, and the heartbreaking complexity of love.

GLEEBOOKS

49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 20377

Reserve a spot here

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Climate Change with Myf Warhurst on ABC National Radio
Sep
6
12:30 PM12:30

Climate Change with Myf Warhurst on ABC National Radio

Why have humans been so slow to respond to the climate crisis?

Conventional wisdom and an overwhelming majority of the globe's scientists tell us that we are in the midst of a climate emergency.

So who is to blame? And where do we go from here?

Amanda Niehaus, author of the novel The Breeding Season; Amanda Little, author of The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World ;and Bob Brown, author of Green Nomads Wild Places explore these very questions.

Listen here.

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Conversations with Sarah Kanowski on ABC National Radio
Sep
5
11:00 AM11:00

Conversations with Sarah Kanowski on ABC National Radio

Dr Amanda Niehaus's enthusiasm for field biology as a graduate student took her from her native Iowa, to Argentina, Alaska, and then to Australia, where she settled.

When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in the first year of her daughter's life, her world was upended.

Amanda underwent an intensive period of treatments, and although the cancer was defeated, she had to accept she could not have any more children.

After facing her mortality at such a young age, Amanda found herself so changed she wanted to pursue her study of science in a deeper way.

Around this time her husband became involved in the large study of northern quolls on Groote Eylandt.

Taking the brutal life-cycle of the northern quoll as her inspiration, Amanda has turned to fiction to translate the lessons of nature.

Listen here.

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MY BOOK LAUNCH!!
Sep
3
6:00 PM18:00

MY BOOK LAUNCH!!

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


Book here!

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Good Enough to Eat?
Jul
31
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.

Book here at Avid Reader!

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Jun
9
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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Mar
30
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: https://www.awpwriter.org/community_calendar/mentorship_program_overview

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

Day: Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Time: 1:30pm-2:45pm


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Dec
14
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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Dec
10
9:00 AM09:00

"Perspectives"

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!”

Register here: http://bean.edu.au/

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Nov
30
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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