MA space – Jonica Newby Book Launch: Beyond Climate Grief – 21 March 2021

Please join us for a special Mallacoota launch of Jonica Newby’s new book Beyond Climate Grief; a journey of love, snow, fire and an enchanted beer can.

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.

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, and 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.


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.

As many of you know, Jonica has a strong connection with our town, and she would love to thank the many locals who shared their stories. So do come along for a lovely Sunday afternoon at MA space with friends, music, drinks and nibbles and a chance to hear about the book and celebrate with Jonica.

  • Where: MA space, 66 Maurice Avenue, Mallacoota
  • When: 4pm Sunday 21 March 2021
  • Cost: Free entry