Rebecca Giggs

Membership:  2018

Member Bio

Sydney-based author Rebecca Giggs writes about ecology and environmental imagination, animals, landscape, politics, and memory. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications including Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing, , The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Griffith Review, ,  and . Rebecca’s essays have been translated and are included on a number of Australian and international university teaching syllabuses. Her short fiction has also been widely published and is anthologized in collections including Best Australian Stories and The Best of the Lifted Brow. She occasionally writes reviews for The Weekend Australian newspaper and . Originally from Western Australia, Rebecca holds a PhD from UWA in ficto-criticism and ecological philosophy, with a particular focus on theories of the uncanny. She is an early career scholar and faculty member in the English department at Macquarie University, where she teaches creative writing. Rebecca’s first book, entitled , is forthcoming from Scribe. During her time at the Rachel Carson Center in 2018, she will begin a new project looking at forms of interspecies intimacy vitalized by technology.


  • “Loggerheads.” Granta 142: Animalia. February 2018.
  • “Imagining the Jellyfish Apocalypse.” The Atlantic. January/February 2018.
  • “Whale Fall.” The Best Australian Essays 2016. Melbourne: Black Inc., 2016. Originally published in “What Have We Done,” special issue, Granta Magazine, no. 133 (December 2015).
  • “Astroturf.” The New York Times Magazine, 24 April 2016.
  • “Open Ground: Trespassing on the Pilbara’s Minerals and Energy Boom.” The Best Australian Essays 2015. Melbourne: Black Inc., 2015. Originally published in “Looking West,” special issue, Griffith REVIEW 47 (March 2015).
  • “Australian Nuclear Fiction: Between the Motion and the Act.” In Telling Stories: Australian Literary Cultures 1935–2010, edited by Tanya Dalziell and Paul Genoni. Melbourne: Monash University Press, 2013.