I enjoyed writing the Teacher Notes for CSIRO's new picture book, Plantastic! A to Z of Australian plants. I took the opportunity to speak to the author, Cat Clowes, and the illustrator, Rachel Gyan, about producing the book. You can read my article and check out the book on the CSIRO blog.
I'm looking forward to hosting a panel on finding work for freelance editors at the next Editors Victoria evening meeting on Thursday 22 February, here in Melbourne. I'll be chatting with three experienced editors who have experience in freelancing and/or employing freelance editors (and all three have also taught editing): Lorna Hendry, a freelance editor, … Continue reading Event: Finding freelance work as an editor
The August newsletter for Editors Victoria is out now, with an interview with editor and author Lucy Treloar, book reviews, events and more
I've just sent out the March newsletter for Editors Victoria. Here's my intro: Welcome to our March newsletter. In addition to our usual news and resources, this month we have some calls to action: Nick Hudson is keen to get your opinions on Microsoft Word’s grammar checker, and the article he has written about it … Continue reading Illustrator Judith Rossell, regional meetings and meet editor Susan Pierotti: newsletter
The Australian Science Communicators are holding their annual conference in Brisbane on Friday 11 March. It's networking and professional development for people who communicate science and technology to the general public, students or other audiences. Registration is now open. The trip to Brisbane will be doubly worthwhile as you can also go along to the inaugural … Continue reading Science and communication in Brisbane 2016
As I get down to work in the new year, here's a reminder of my Christmas and New Year break.
There are a gazillion conservation causes to donate to, but you don't often get the chance to save two particular wild animals – let's call them Seymour and Serena. They are a pair of white-bellied sea-eagles that nest at the Winton wetlands in north-east Victoria (a long way from the sea, despite their name). These wetlands are being restored (the biggest … Continue reading Save the Winton Wetlands sea-eagles in seven days
One of the young women who works at one of our local cafés has an equation tattooed on the front of her neck. It's hard to read, a bit complicated - she said it's the equation for Einstein's theory of relativity. Personally, I'm not willing to go that far in order to communicate science (much to everyone's … Continue reading Science on your skin
Update 2018: We now have a national directory for Australian freelance editors, which you can find at http://iped-editors.org/Find_an_editor. Yay, my posting on the Editors Victoria Freelance Register is up. Here I am.
The November Editors Victoria newsletter is out! Two days of editing in Hepburn Springs: what did those lucky editors learn at Redact? Reports on the three streams: manuscript editing with Nadine Davidoff, supercharging your business with Ilona Way and editing digital content with John Ryan. And the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) … Continue reading Editing at Hepburn Springs, and a life science editing accreditation
Australia’s best science writing 2015 If you're in Sydney next Tuesday (27 Oct 2015), you could attend the launch of the Best Australian Science Writing 2015 anthology, edited by science journalist Bianca Nogrady. The winner of the $7000 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing will also be announced. More info and link to registration on the UNSW Science website. … Continue reading Australia’s best science writing 2015
Here's another citizen science project – especially for those who have a good eye for old-fashioned handwriting. The Natural History Museum in London is being helped by online volunteers who are transcribing old hand-written descriptions of the 780,000+ bird specimens in their collection. Some of the records date back to the 1830s but they were being handwritten … Continue reading Citizen science: Deciphering old specimen notes for the Natural History Museum
The recipients of the 2015 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science were announced by Ian Chubb, Australia's Chief Scientist, at a press conference today. Congratulations to: Prime Minister's Prize for Science: Professor Graham Farquhar AO of the Australian National University for his outstanding contributions towards the understanding of photosynthesisPrime Minister's Prize for Innovation: Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson AO of the … Continue reading 2015 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science – just announced
Science videoblog comp Got a science story to tell? Make a short video about it and enter RiAus's Video Blog Competition [update - old link removed]. They are after creative, inventive and entertaining stories. There's a 'how to videoblog' instruction video on the competition website. Entries close 16 October – then the video entries will … Continue reading Science videoblog comp
I sent out the Editors Victoria October newsletter recently - new committee, voting on our future, Ballarat editor Brenton Thomas and a couple of editing prizes open. Update: The October 2015 newsletter is no longer available online.