Craig Cormick

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Craig Cormick with his book, Time Vandals, in 2012.

Craig Cormick in an Australian science communicator and author. He was born in Wollongong in 1961, and is known for his creative writing and social research into public attitudes towards new technologies. He has lived mainly in Canberra, but has also in Iceland (1980–81) and Finland (1984–85). He has published 15 books of fiction and non-fiction, and numerous articles in refereed journals. He has been active in the Canberra writing community, teaching and editing, was Chair of the ACT Writers Centre from 2003 to 2008 and in 2006 was Writer in Residence at the University of Science in Penang, Malaysia.

Cormick's creative writing has appeared in most of Australia's literary journals including Southerly, Westerly, Island, Meanjin, The Phoenix Review, Overland, Scarp, 4W, Redoubt, Block, as well as in overseas publications including Silverfish New Writing (Malaysia) and Foreign Literature No 6 (China). He has previously been an editor of the radical arts magazine Blast, and his writing awards include the ACT Book of the Year Award in 1999[1] and the Queensland Premier's Literary Award in 2006. As a science communicator he has represented the Australian Government at many international science forums including Apec and OECD conferences, presenting on issues relating to public concerns about new technologies.

Literary career[edit]

Craig Cormick went on to study journalism and creative writing at the University of Canberra – both areas which he continues to work in – with stints at the Canberra School of Art, the University of Iceland and Helsinki University. He returned to the University of Canberra to study languages, public relations and sociology, undertake a Masters in Communications and then completed a PhD in Creative Communications at Deakin University in 2007.

His first books were self-published or picked up by small presses until Unwritten Histories was published by Aboriginal Studies Press in 1998. The book subsequently won the ACT Book of the Year Award and received praising reviews. His work has a strong sense of satire, across themes that include exploration, isolation, duality and Ned Kelly (who appears at least once in each of his eight short story collections). He has written and published, on average, one book a year since 1998, including collections of short fiction, novels and non-fiction.

He has published scholarly articles on public attitudes to new technologies in publications including: NanoEthics, the International Journal of Biotechnology[2] Agricultural Science, Historia Ciencias Saude[3] (Brazil) and Choices (USA). He also authored the Australian Government reports, Cloning Goes to the Movies, and What you really need to know about what the public really thinks about GM foods.

In 2008 he fulfilled "a life's dream"[4] and travelled to Antarctica as an Antarctic Arts Fellow, visiting the three Australian stations on the continent, Casey, Davis and Mawson, publishing his experiences as In Bed with Douglas Mawson: Travels around Antarctica, in 2011, which merges his two interests of science and creative writing.

Writing Awards[edit]

  • 2000 – Second Prize in the Age Short Story Contest.
  • 2000 – Second Prize in the University of Canberra Short Story contest.
  • 2000 – Nominated for ACT Artist of the Year.
  • 1999 – Highly commended in the Victorian Fellowship of Australian Writers Jim Hamilton Award.
  • 1998 – First Prize in the Max Harris Literary Awards.
  • 1998 – First Prize in the Arts West Writing Competition.
  • 1998 – Second Prize in the Not the Premier's Literary Award.
  • 1998 – Second Prize in the R Carson Gold Short Story Competition.
  • 1998 – Shortlisted for the ANU/Anutech short story award.
  • 1997 – Canberra Critics Circle award for literature.
  • 1995 – Shortlisted for the ANU/Anutech short story award.
  • 1996 – Highly commended in the National Book Council Award.


Books Published[edit]

Books Edited[edit]

Academic publications[edit]

  • Ten Big Questions on Public Engagement on Science and Technology: Observation from a Rocky Boat in the Upstream and Downstream of Engagement, in DEMESCI – the International Journal of Deliberative Mechanisms in Science, [1], Volume 1, number 1, August 2012.
  • The Complexity of Public Engagement, in Nature Nanotechnology, [2], February 2012.
  • Why Do We Need to Know What the Public Thinks about Nanotechnology? NanoEthics, August 2009.
  • Piecing Together the Elephant: Public Engagement on Nanotechnology Challenges’, Science and Engineering Ethics, Volume 15 Number 3, 2009.
  • What do the Public Really Think and Who do they Really Trust, in Human Biotechnology and Public Trust, Centre for Law and Genetics, University of Tasmania, 2008.
  • Public Attitudes Towards GM Crops and Foods, Agricultural Science, Volume 21, No 2 – September 2007.
  • A clonagem vai ao cinema, Historia Ciencias Saude, Manghinhos, Brazil, Volume 13, October 2006.
  • Lies Deep Fries and Statistics,Choices, USA. 2005.
  • Perceptions of Risk Relating to Biotechnology in Australia, International Journal of Biotechnology. Vol 5, No 2, 2003.
  • Recent Changes in Public Attitudes Towards Biotechnology in Australia, Australian Biologist, Vol.15 (2), September 2002.
  • Australian Attitudes to GM Foods and Crops, Pesticide Outlook, Royal Society of Chemistry, December 2002.


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