Nature town: Writing the Local Landscape

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What many of us love about living in Alice Springs is how the natural and urban worlds intersect. Walking, riding your bike or even driving, you spot a huge golden orb spider web, a mob of tiny blue butterflies under a mulga tree, a procession of caterpillars crossing the road.

What is nature writing and how does it overlap with science writing? Is writing about urban areas nature writing?

Bring your laptops and digital cameras/smartphones for a workshop with Alice Springs natural scientist and poet Meg Mooney and Tasmanian environmental writer Nicole Gill where you get to explore the botanic gardens and write in situ to put place on paper. Upload your writing on the ecology of Alice to a free blog.

Nicole Gill is a Tasmanian writer and environmental management specialist, whose writings on the environment, humans and other animals have featured in The Monthly, Island, The Guardian and The Best Australian Science Writing. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her first book for children, Animal Eco-Warriors, will be published through CSIRO Publishing in June 2017.

Meg Mooney has lived in central Australia for 30 years, working with remote Aboriginal communities most of that time. Her third poetry collection, Being Martha’s Friend, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2015. Her other books are For the dry country: writing and drawings from the Centre (Ptilotus Press), a collaboration with artist Sally Mumford; and The Gap, co-winner of The Picaro Poetry Prize in 2010.

Sunday 21 May 2017
Sunday 21 May
12:50pm – 2:50pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden
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$50/$45 NTWC/Conc ($25 for under 18s)