The scientific method is designed to be objective. So what happens when you take science personally? Ashley Hay talks to author James Bradley (The Silent Invasion), neurosurgeon Henry Marsh (Do No Harm), author Bianca Nogrady (The End: The Human Experience of Death) and The Guardian Australia environment reporter Michael Slezak. They discuss how journalists can report dispassionately on the disturbing effects of climate change, how surgeons bear the burden of human error and how novelists can translate science for wider audiences.
James Bradley (Australian)
James Bradley is a writer and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade; a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus; and the anthology, The Penguin Book of the Ocean. In 2012, he won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s Critic of the Year. His most recent novel is Ghost Species.
Bianca Nogrady (Australian)
Bianca Nogrady is a freelance science journalist, author, and broadcaster. In more than a decade of freelance reporting, her work has appeared in outlets including Nature, The Atlantic, Guardian Australia, Undark, MIT Technology Review, The BMJ, Australian Geographic, Scientific American, the ABC and BBC. She is the author of The End: The Human Experience Of Death.
Ashley Hay (Australian)
Ashley Hay is an award-winning novelist and essayist. Her novels include The Railwayman's Wife and A Hundred Small Lessons. A new edition of her non-fiction narrative, Gum: The Story of Eucalypts and Their Champions, was published in 2021. She is the editor of Griffith Review.