Rebecca Giggs

Field of Practice:



Solitude fellowship

City, Country:

Perth, Australia


2022, 2023


Apr 2023 - Oct 2023


Born in London/United Kingdom in 1982.

Rebecca Giggs is an award-winning author from Perth/Australia. Giggs writes about how people feel toward animals in a time of ecological crisis and technological change. She is considered one of the country’s most well-respected nature writers.

Giggs’s debut nonfiction book is Fathoms: The World in the Whale, published by Scribe in Australia and the United Kingdom and Simon & Schuster in the US. Fathoms won several literary awards, including the prestigious ALA Carnegie Gold Medal for nonfiction and the Mark & Evette Moran Nib Prize. The book was also shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize — Australia’s premier award for writing in any genre by women and non-binary authors — and the Wainwright Prize for Global Conservation. Fathoms has been translated into Korean, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin & Slovenian. The New Yorker called Rebecca’s writing »masterful«, and The New York Times Book Review deemed Fathoms »a delving, haunted and poetic debut.«

Giggs holds degrees in law and arts with honors, and a PhD in literary studies from the University of Western Australia (2014). Her shorter work has appeared in Best Australian Science Writing and Best Australian Essays, as well as in The AtlanticGranta, and The Monthly.