Blue Planet

I’ve always been fascinated as to how writers and journalists create their stories, in particular their career story. It’s a path coloured with initiative, dedication and passion. And this was to be the case for Alanna Mitchell, a successful Canadian science journalist. I was intrigued by her life story having travelled with scientists for over... Continue Reading →

Picture Books

Just how powerful is nature to inspire ideas for a picture book? This weekend, I was to listen to the achievements of French author-illustrators, Clotilde Perrin and Eric Veillé. In association with Gecko Press, Alliance Francaise and Institut Francais, they are currently touring Zealand for the Embassy of France’s Les Petits Kiwis. I listened intently... Continue Reading →

Science Writing

The Sydney Writers Festival was a week of literary indulgence. You picked your favourite subjects, authors and journalists to go and see - providing tickets were available. Science storytelling. It’s a unique genre discussed by a panel of science journalists; Alice Klein, Ivy Shih, Joel Werner and Michael Slezk.  Even within science, there are different... Continue Reading →

Man on Mars

Man on Mars “We are going on a journey”. It was enticing words by Dr. Dava Newman, NASA’s Deputy Administrator at this year’s science festival in Dunedin, New Zealand. NASA’s goal and aspirations for space exploration and travel are undeniably impressive. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Dava Newman speak of current and... Continue Reading →

Rock Art

Japanese Gardens Let’s embrace some tranquility – rock therapy can work wonders. Japanese Gardens are ultimately a landscape designer’s paradise. The gardens may not always be large, but they make a statement with topiary and gravel raked in distinctive patterns. Simplicity is beautiful. I wonder how a rock garden can be applied as a science... Continue Reading →

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