Reading

2022: A Year in Books

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There’s still over a week of 2022 to go – time for at least one or two more books – but I’m taking a moment today to look back at my reading diary and share a few of my favourites. 

I do this every year, and it’s always great fun to remember some of the good (and not so good!) books that have passed through my hands.

Overall, this has been a great year for books!  Continue reading “2022: A Year in Books”

Copywriting

My latest for CSIRO

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CSIRO is one of my very favourite clients.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself, because I feel like it’s a huge privilege helping some of Australia’s top researchers communicate their findings to a wider audience.

The briefs I receive from the Communications Managers across different CSIRO business units are always very thorough and clear, and every single piece I have written has taught me something. The breadth and depth of work that the national science agency undertakes is truly astonishing.

That diversity is on show if you take a quick look at the last three pieces I wrote for CSIRO.

The first: a look at the importance of biodiversity in water assessments in Northern Australia.

The second: proteins of the future, and how CSIRO is working with companies on precision fermentation.

Finally: an exploration of the work CSIRO is doing with a consortium of other organisations to examine the potential impacts of deep sea mining.

I have three other pieces due to be published in the coming weeks, and they are equally varied: they’re on carbon sequestration, indicator minerals for nickel exploration, and potential impacts on regional branding from gas development. Phew! I’ll look forward to sharing those with you very soon.

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Writing

Lonely Planet: Experience Tasmania

I was lucky enough to spend a weekend in Melbourne recently: catching up with friends, eating and drinking my way around the city, and enjoying a few quiet nights in a hotel. What a treat!

I was only away for three days, but I ran out of books and had to make my way to Dymocks on Chapel Street to pick up something new… and guess what I found?

A copy of Lonely Planet Experience Tasmania! Written in part by yours truly! Continue reading “Lonely Planet: Experience Tasmania”

Copywriting

From graphite to hemp: my latest writing subjects

I’ve been lucky enough to work on a real diversity of writing projects recently, and I thought I’d share a few of them here.

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Copywriting

CSIRO’s Transport Planning Tool

My inner map geek is very happy this month.

I’ve recently written a couple of pieces for CSIRO about TraNSIT, their transport planning tool. First developed ten years ago for use in the livestock industry, the tool now helps with supply chain efficiency in a range of industries. It has even been used in the tourism sector, and to assist Emergency Management Australia during extreme weather events.

The first piece I wrote was an overarching history about the last ten years of TraNSIT.

While the second focused on how it can be used to get supplies to communities during floods or fire.

Hope you enjoy reading them.

 

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Copywriting, Feature Writing

CSIRO climate change research

I’ve recently enjoyed writing another couple of pieces for CSIRO, and thought I would share the links here in case they’re of interest.

The first is a post on the ECOS blog that explains compound risk and explores ways of supporting Australian communities that are dealing with multiple extreme events: How to build resilience in the face of compounding extreme events.

The second is a piece for Resourceful magazine about the new Carbon Lock research initiative: Locking away carbon permanently.

 

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Copywriting

My latest pieces for CSIRO

I’m deep in a big travel writing project at the moment, but in December and January it was science writing keeping me busy!

Here are some of the recent pieces I’ve written for CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency:

Continue reading “My latest pieces for CSIRO”

Reading

2021: a year in books

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I love reaching the end of a year and taking a moment to look back through the books I’ve read.

Starting my @ruthreadsbooks Instagram account that I use as a reading diary has been a bit of a game changer. I still keep a notebook to record everything I read each year, but having the visual prompts of the front covers is a great way to jog my memory about the books I’ve enjoyed the most. Continue reading “2021: a year in books”

freelance life

Notes from two small islands

Back in September I was invited to take part in a Hobart Pecha Kucha event.

Pecha Kucha originated in Japan but now takes places in cities all over the world. It’s an event format in which invited speakers prepare 20 slides – images only, no text – and have 20 seconds to speak about each one. Continue reading “Notes from two small islands”

Copywriting

Copywriting for CSIRO

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The last few months have probably been the busiest I’ve had since starting work as a freelance writer.

I keep thinking I’m going to get a week or two away from my desk, but every time I near the end of one project, another opportunity pops into my inbox. It’s a really lovely problem to have, and I’m feeling very lucky!

Most of the writing I’ve been doing has been behind-the-scenes work for clients. Some ghostwriting, a few websites, and lots of fact sheets and brochures. Not so much editorial work recently. Continue reading “Copywriting for CSIRO”