Department of English

Dr Rebecca Giggs

Dr Rebecca Giggs
Position: Lecturer in Creative Writing

Contact Details
Office:W6A 626
Phone: 61 2 9850 1820



BA Hons.(UWA); LLB (UWA); PhD (UWA)


Rebecca Giggs' creative and scholarly writing focuses on themes of ecology and environmental imagination, animals, landscape, the uncanny, politics and memory. Her particular interests lie in the genres of the essay, nonfiction writing and ficto-criticism. She is a former board member of the Fremantle Press, and has been a recipient of numerous grants and residencies-including a 2013/2014 AsiaLink residency hosted by the Association for the Study of Environmental Literature, Japan.  


Selected publications

Scholarly Book Chapters

Giggs, Rebecca. '1957-Australian Nuclear Fiction: Between the Motion and the Act.' Tanya Dalziell, Paul Genoni (eds). Telling Stories: Australian Literary Cultures 1935-2010. Monash University Press, 2013.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'The Green Afterword: Cormac McCarthy's The Road and the Ecological Uncanny' Paul Crosthwaite (ed). Criticism, Crisis and Contemporary Narrative: Textual Horizons in an Age of Risk. London: Routledge, 2010.

Anthologized Nonfiction

Giggs, Rebecca. 'Open Ground: Trespassing on the Pilbara's Minerals and Energy Boom.' Geordie Williamson (ed). The Best Australian Essays 2015. Melbourne: Black Inc., 2015. Originally published in Julianne Schultz (ed.), GriffithREVIEW 'Looking West' Edition 47, March 2015.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'The Eye in the Sand' Ashley Hay (ed.) The Best Australian Science Writing 2014. New South Books, November 2014. Originally published in Zora Sanders (ed). Meanjin, December 2013.

Commissioned Nonfiction

Giggs, Rebecca. 'Whale Fall.' Sigrid Rausing (ed). Granta Magazine, Issue 133 'New Nature', November 2015.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'Australian Fruit Salad.' Sophie Allan (ed). Chart Collective, February 2015.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'The Boat.' Andre Dao (ed). Right Now: Human Rights in Australia, December 2014. Recorded/Performed also for "All the Best" (FBI Radio, 3RRR), broadcast May 2015.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'Cherry Tree Weather: Western Environmentalisms and the Japanese Season of Sakura' Brigid Hains (ed). Aeon, May 2013.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'Imagining Women: On Gender and Genre.' Jeff Sparrow (ed). Overland 208, Winter 2012.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'Swimming Fixations: The Pool in Australian Environmental Imagination.' Geoff Lemon and Anna Friedmann (eds). Going Down Swinging, Issue 32, September 2011.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'High Watermark: Nature Writing After Climate Change.' Sam Twyford-Moore (ed). Newswrite, Issue 197, June/July 2011.

Anthologized Fiction

Giggs, Rebecca. 'The Office of Icebergs.' Sally Heath (ed). Meanjin Since 1940. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2012. Originally published in Sally Heath (ed). Meanjin, Vol. 70 Number 3, September 2011.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'Blow In.' Cate Kennedy (ed). The Best Australian Stories 2011. Melbourne: Black Inc., 2011. Originally published in Kalinda Ashton, Samuel Cooney (eds). Overland, 201, Summer 2010.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'Silver Swan.' Ronnie Scott (ed). The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume One. Penguin Books, 2013. Originally published in Ronnie Scott (ed). The Lifted Brow, Issue 11, August 2011.

Other Fiction

Giggs, Rebecca. 'Tree Economy' and 'Passionfruit'. Nicholas Royle and Dulcie Few (eds)., Quick Fictions. Sussex: Myriad Editions, 2012.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'The Nocturnals.' Matthew Lamb (ed). The Review of Australian Fiction, Vol. 3, 2012.

Selected Reviews

Giggs, Rebecca. 'The Microscope Project: Ian Gibbon's How Things Work.' Kent MacCarter (ed). Cordite 'Obsolete' February, 2015.

Giggs Rebecca. 'Tim Winton's Island Home' The Australian Newspaper, 31 October 2015.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'Digging a Hole in the Ocean-Philip Hoare's The Sea Inside'. James Ley (ed.) The Sydney Review of Books, October 2013.

Giggs, Rebecca. 'Animals in Their Graves-Barbara J. King's How Animals Grieve' Peter Rose (ed.). Australian Book Review, September 2013.