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Oceanic narratives: interweaving past, present and future

In this instalment of the SEI Podcast Series, writer Dr James Bradley  joins new scholarship that reckons with humanity’s complex relationship to the natural world. Through the lens and narratives of the ocean, it offers vital new ways of understanding and being in the world, and how we anticipate our climate future. Hear James expand on these ideas alongside Maria Byrne, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Sydney and world expert on echinoderms; Tishiko King, proud Zenadth Kes/Torres Strait Island woman, marine biologist and climate campaigner; with Guardian Australia’s Helen Sullivan, who hosted this event.

This event was held in partnership with Sydney Ideas.


0:55 - Welcome from Helen Sullivan

2:07 - How did you approach such a vast topic like the ocean?

4:39 - How has this book changed you?

9:20 - Living on an island when waste washes up on your shores

20:04 - The importance of sea urchins ecologically

27:50 - Massive loss of abundance

36:34 - Lived reality of Indigenous people in the Torres Strait Islands



Dr James Bradley OAM, writer, critic and author of Deep WaterProfessor Maria Byrne, marine biologist at the University of SydneyTishiko King, scientist and climate campaignerHelen Sullivan (Chair), columnist and world news reporter at The Guardian

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