Young Writers in IMAS

Here we go again!

Last year two young writers spent a month each on placement in IMAS working with scientists to produce works inspired by scientific exploration and development. They were incredibly successful and we’re proud to be able to offer another two places this year!

The residencies will take place over May and June. The residents will be asked to spend 20 hours over the course of a month on site and their pieces will be published here on our website along with their peers, and all the works will be involved in the Australian Antarctic Festival in August!

This is a paid opportunity.

If you’d like to know more you can download the EOI Document, or e-mail me at Please make sure to send in your expressions of interest by April 6th!

Under the Sea

Jessica Cockerill and Suzi Claflin have been hot desking at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies and have produced two new pieces that are not ready for the public!

Under the Sea ‘ was a one month’s paid residency at IMAS, for two writers and was made possible thanks to the generous funding of Inspiring Australia and of course IMAS. IMAS has embraced photographers, choreographers and visual artists as partners in their exploration and scientific inquiry to help bring their work to the public.

Between October and December 2017, Jessica and Suzi worked hard to share IMAS work with the world.

Weekly Returns by Suzie Claflin
A beautiful essay about the use of whaling data to gain insight into these amazing marine mammals. It is gentle, even as it’s sad, and hopeful, even as it acknowledges a past we cannot hide from.

The Faces of Our Changing Oceans by Jessica Cockerill
Jessica came to us with an expression if interest that was a little bit different. Also an accomplished illustrator, Jessica has produced a touching and insightful essay around her experiences on placement at IMAS. I do suggest you look at it in full size, the illustrations are beautiful.