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The Lost Stone of SkyCity author HM Waugh shares her top five events at this year's Quantum Words Perth festival

October 22, 2019

When it comes to creativity, often the best inspiration can be found in the world around us; in nature and humanity and the wonders of space. Both literature and science can help us understand who we are and where we fit in, and when the two are combined, well, that’s where magic can happen.

Science writing includes non-fiction scientific articles, as well as fictional books and stories that incorporate scientific themes and concepts. These are much more diverse than the just the science fiction genre; science is everywhere.

Reading literature incorporating science not only benefits our children’s language literacy, but also their science literacy. It makes science interesting and accessible to all. It’s an amazing opportunity to inspire our future thinkers and change-makers. That’s why I love to write science articles aimed at kids. It’s also why I wove my love of environmental science, and especially the world’s intricate and delicately balanced mountain landscapes, into my debut middle-grade book The Lost Stone of SkyCity.

This November, the Quantum Words festival comes to Perth for the first time, with an awesome line-up to inspire creativity and wonder. I’ll be giving a free session titled ‘Making a Difference: A Crash Course in Saving the World from the Comfort of Your Own Backyard’ as well as closing the festival on a high note as part of the final panel, ‘Towards a Better World’.

Here are five other amazing events from the festival that you should look at attending – it was really hard to pick just a few!

Cool Jobs #2
Friday 8 November
1–1.50 pm
State Theatre Centre
Free
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An awesome opportunity for students to engage with three leading science professionals: Natasha Hurley-Walker, Leif Cocks, and Karina Price, all with very different – but equally cool – jobs.

Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Evolution
Friday 8 November
7– 8.30 pm
State Theatre Centre
Free
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This is like the epitome of funky science, reminding us all that learning should be fun! Learn, be inspired and entertained all in one with New York–based hip-hop artist Baba Brinkman.

Alternative Facts: Writing About Science in a Post-truth World
Saturday 9 November
9.30 – 10.50 am
State Theatre Centre
$10 – $15
Book through the Perth Theatre Trust website

This is so current at the moment, with social media often supplanting traditional, peer-reviewed and/or fact-checked sources of news as the place where people go to learn about the world. Is science under attack by alternative facts? This is sure to be an interesting panel featuring neuroscientist Lyn Beazley, journalist Jo Chandler and climate scientist Joelle Gergis.

Sally Tinker’s Adventures in Invention
Saturday 9 November
11 – 11.50 am
State Theatre Centre
Free
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The brilliant James Foley never disappoints, so make sure you get into his session all about his S.Tinker Inc. graphic novels, Brobot, Dungzilla and Gastronauts, featuring Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of 12. There will be laughter, science and drawing in this free family and children’s session.

Sunburnt Country: Climate Change in Australia
Sunday 10 November
12 – 1 pm
State Theatre Centre
$10 – $15
Book through the Perth Theatre Trust website

This fascinating session looks at the history and future of our climate in Australia. It will reveal what Indigenous calendars tell us about the climate before anthropogenic climate change began, and what the future could look like for our beautiful and diverse country.

The Lost Stone of SkyCity by HM Waugh is available on the Fremantle Press website and from all good bookstores.