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About The Event

The Royal Oak Balmain - 36 College St
Balmain, NSW 2041 Australia
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

How do we find courage when climate change overwhelms us? In the spirit of Julia Baird’s Phosphorescence and Leigh Sales’s Any Ordinary Day, this magical, often funny and deeply moving personal story by award-winning science reporter Jonica Newby explores how to navigate the emotional turmoil of climate change.

On Tuesday 9 March, Newby will be talking about her new book Beyond Climate Grief with popular event host Sunil Badami at the Royal Oak Balmain. All tickets are free – but due to limited capacity, they will be awarded to guests through a ‘lucky dip’ competition. Ticket-winners will be notified by Friday March 5.

To enter the competition to win up to 2 x tickets, either
a) fill out this linked form
b) email, OR
c) contact the store on (02) 9810 5613

If you do not receive confirmation that you are a ticket-winner before Friday March 5, please assume that you have been unsuccessful in securing a seat. If you have any questions, email

The event will also be simultaneously live-streamed for free via the Roaring Stories Facebook page, where it will appear on the home page as a post at the scheduled start time of 7.00pm.

It will also be made available after the event as a recording, accessible via the Roaring Stories YouTube channel.

After researching what global warming will do to the snow country she loves, Newby plummeted into a state of profound climate grief. And if she was struggling, she wondered, how was everyone else coping? What should parents tell their anxious kids? How might we all live our best lives under the weight of this fearsome knowledge? Then reality outstripped imagination as her family was swept up in the apocalyptic 2020 fires.

Featuring illuminating conversations with singer-songwriter Missy Higgins, comedians Charlie Pickering and Craig Reucassel, the wisdom of business leader Mike Cannon-Brookes, practical advice from psychological and scientific experts, incredible accounts from everyday heroes, plus inspiring stories from the climate strike kids, Beyond Climate Grief provides guidance and emotional sustenance to help us face the uncertainties ahead. It reminds us of the love, beauty and wonder in the world, even amidst disaster. And how we all have a touch of epic hero inside.

Read more.
Order a signed copy.

Jonica Newby is a science reporter, author, TV presenter and director best known for her two decades on ABC TV’s popular weekly science program, Catalyst. She has twice won the Eureka Award, Australia’s most prestigious science journalism prize, and is a recipient of a World TV Award. Originally trained as a veterinarian, her first book was The Animal Attraction.

Sunil Badami is a writer, performer, broadcaster and Sydneysider. His work has appeared in publications in Australia and abroad, including Meanjin, Southerly, Island, Seizure, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays.

This event is presented by Roaring Stories Bookshop Balmain with New South Publishing
With thanks to our venue partner The Royal Oak Balmain


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