A Mammoth Task and a Whale of a Time

Climate, History and Humanity

A Mammoth Task and a Whale of a Time Sun 21 Feb His Majesty's Theatre Sun 21 Feb His Majesty's Theatre $19 Event Info Buy Tickets
Sun 21 Feb at His Majesty's Theatre, from $19

Chris Flynn’s new novel Mammoth is narrated by the fossilised remains of a 13,000-year-old American mammoth, while Rebecca Giggs’ non-fiction offering Fathoms: The World in the Whale tells the long history of whales. In their own ways both books speak to the importance of species whose destinies have been critical to how humans think about themselves and their ecological place. Join Chris and Rebecca in conversation with David Allan-Petale.

Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn is the author of The Glass Kingdom, A Tiger in Eden and the bestselling Mammoth. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Age, The Australian, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Australian Book Review, The Saturday Paper, Smith Journal, The Big Issue and McSweeney’s. Chris lives on Phillip Island, next to a penguin sanctuary.

Rebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs is a writer from Perth. Her work has been widely published, including in Best Australian EssaysBest Australian Science WritingBest Australian StoriesGrantaAeonThe AtlanticThe New York Times Magazine, and Griffith Review. Rebecca’s nonfiction focuses on how people feel about, and feel for, animals in a time of technological change and ecological crisis. Her first book, Fathoms, was a finalist for the Kirkus prize and won the Nib Literary Award. 

Time & Location

Sun 21 Feb


His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth / Karboordup



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