Photographs from the Queensland Literary Awards – Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll wins!

Rob with fellow winners Robin de Crespigny (non-fiction for The People Smuggler) and Neil Grant (Young Adult Book Award for The Ink Bridge). 

Accepting the prize from Professor Ian Lowe (Griffith University and President of the Australian Conservation Foundation).

Looking serious making a rare serious speech after accepting the award.

I just received these pictures from Claire Booth, one of the amazing organisers behind the 2012 Queenlsland Literary Awards, from the evening of the awards ceremony on 4 September. I realised I haven’t yet posted the news that Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Evolution has Shaped the Modern World  was awarded the Science Writers prize. This year’s awards were extra-special because, when Queensland Premier Campbell Newman withdrew the state’s $240,000 commitment, a small group of volunteers ensured they went ahead – with the help of several sponsors and a crowd-funded campaign. These awards are extra-special for science readers and authors, because they are the only Australian awards specifically for science books.

Rob Brooks

I am an evolutionary biologist who thinks about sex for a living. Things I have thought and written about include the evolution of mate choice, the costs of being attractive, the reason animals age and the links between sex, diet, obesity and death. Follow @Brooks_Rob on Twitter.

2 thoughts on “Photographs from the Queensland Literary Awards – Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll wins!

  • 28 September, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    A well-deserved win, Rob – ’twas a terrific read. As an editor of academic works and an academic’s wife, I’ve long bemoaned the fact that so much valuable research lies buried because it’s not presented in readerfriendly format. But at long last – thanks to tomes like “Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll” and innovations like “Horrible Histories” and “Horrible Science”, the wheel appears to be turning at last … Congratulations again.

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