Fathoms shortlisted for Nib Award

Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs has been shortlisted for the 2020 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award.

The Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award presented by Waverley Council with support from Principal Sponsors Mark & Evette Moran, celebrates excellence in research and writing in Australia. It is the only major national literary award of its kind presented by a local council.

Shortlisted authors win the the Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize ($1,000) and are finalists for the $20,000 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award. The Shortlist Prize is named in recognition of the distinguished author and playwright Alex Buzo, who was a Waverley resident and instrumental in the establishment of the Nib Award. The People’s Choice Prize and major award winners will be announced on 12 November.

Congratulations to Rebecca, and all the shortlisted authors.

Cast your vote in the Nib People’s Choice Prize for a chance to win.


‘There is a kind of hauntedness in wild animals today: a spectre related to environmental change … Our fear is that the unseen spirits that move in them are ours. Once more, animals are a moral force.’

When Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beach in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales might shed light on the condition of our seas. How do whales experience environmental change? Has our connection to these fabled animals been transformed by technology? What future awaits us, and them? And what does it mean to write about nature in the midst of an…

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