When Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beach, she considered how whales could shed light on the condition of our seas. Fathoms: the world in the whale is her stunning meditation on the lives of these awe-inspiring creatures and her exploration of what they reveal about us. In the spirit of Rebecca Solnit and Rachel Carson, Rebecca – whose work has appeared in Granta and The New York Times – writes vividly about the natural world. In conversation with Angus Dalton, Rebecca asks what it means to write about nature at a time of environmental crisis.

Rebecca Giggs (Australian)

Rebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs is a writer from Perth, Australia. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing and other publications. Her first book is Fathoms: the world in the whale.

Angus Dalton (Australian)

Angus Dalton

Angus Dalton is the co-founding editor of Sweaty City, an independent magazine about climate change and urban ecology that launched in February 2020. His stories about octopuses, city-dwelling water dragons and rogue rescue dogs have appeared in Best Australian Science Writing 2019, Voiceworks, Overland and Australian Geographic. He has worked as the Editorial Manager of Good Reading magazine, Editor-in-Chief of Grapeshot and Fiction Intern at Kill Your Darlings. He is currently a Marketing & PR Executive at Simon & Schuster.