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Danielle Clode

Danielle Clode

Danielle Clode is an author and associate professor in creative writing at Flinders University whose first book, Continents of Curiosities, was inspired by the natural history collections of Museums Victoria. Her book Voyages to the South Seas won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Non-fiction in 2007. In 2014 she was the ABR Dahl Trust Fellow and her article ‘Seeing the Wood for the Trees’ appeared in the November 2014 issue of ABR. Her latest book is Koala: A life in trees (2022). 

Danielle Clode reviews 'Landmarks' by Robert Macfarlane

June-July 2015, no. 372 28 May 2015
The Western Isles arch across the north-west coast of Scotland, sheltering the mainland from the North Sea’s fury. In summer there are few places more magical than these islands, which Seton Gordon once described as standing ‘on the rim of the material earth’ looking west to the immortal realm of Tir nan Og. On the northern islands, granite and gneiss mountains rise shattered and fractured ... (read more)

Danielle Clode reviews 'Tambora' by Gillen D'Arcy Wood

May 2015, no. 371 29 April 2015
As I sit by the fire, a gale rackets at the door and horizontal sleet sheets across my windows. With monster snowfalls in the Alps, the weather is breaking records again. Each winter, the winds are stronger, rains heavier, and temperatures lower than ever before. I put more wood on the fire and consider my investment in double-glazing well-spent. In our protected and privileged suburban lives, th ... (read more)

Reading Australia: 'Here on Earth' by Tim Flannery

Reading Australia 15 April 2015
Literature has long provided a powerful outlet for the expression of our hopes and fears for an environmentally challenged future. In recent years, fictional depictions of the future have become increasingly dystopian, disturbed, and pessimistic – from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy to Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book. If our fiction writers are burde ... (read more)

ABR Dahl Trust Fellowship Essay | 'Seeing the wood for the trees' by Danielle Clode

November 2014, no. 366 01 November 2014
Many years ago, after working for a while in Europe, we returned to Australia via America. We picked up a car in Atlanta and drove through sprawling cities, alarming slums, and abandoned downtowns. Across Mississippi and the broad, reassuring openness of Texas, to Arizona and the Grand Canyon, we passed through the alien electrics of Las Vegas, down into Death Valley, and up over the Sierra Nevada ... (read more)

Danielle Clode reviews 'Voyaging in Strange Seas: The great revolution in science' by David Knight

August 2014, no. 363 01 August 2014
Science may well have revolutionised our world, but David Knight finds ‘revolution’ to be an inexact metaphor for the ‘chancy, many stranded story’ he describes. He explores models from biography, with associated concepts of infancy, adolescence, and maturity, before settling on voyages of exploration and discovery. This choice is inspired in part by Newton’s self-portrait of playing on ... (read more)

Clinging to hope

March 2014, no. 359 26 February 2014
I know we should never judge a book by its cover, but Iain McCalman’s ‘passionate history’ of the Great Barrier Reef is a book that truly delivers on the promise of its gloriously sumptuous jacket. Brilliantly coloured in the hues of the reef itself, it is a montage of historical photographs of Indigenous children engrossed in spearfishing above brightly painted fish, while in the distance a ... (read more)

Danielle Clode reviews 'The Best Australian Science Writing 2013', edited by Jane McCredie and Natasha Mitchell

February 2014, no. 358 19 January 2014
All scientists are writers. Science only exists in the written form. What is not written is not published, is not accepted, is not knowledge, and does not exist. It is written science that is scrutinised, peer-reviewed, and cited – nothing else matters but to ‘publish or perish’. Scientific articles, in all their clever, compacted, content-laden complexity, may well be impenetrable to all bu ... (read more)
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