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In partnership with National Science Week 2020, Claire Bowen Management & ICRAR welcomes new writers, emerging writers, established writers, creative writers, and science writers to engage with ICRAR research and researchers to produce a Creative Nonfiction monologue for performance.

The monologue can be inspired by a word, an image, a sentence, or a concept from ICRAR research and researchers – the only limit is your imagination.

COMPETITION CLOSES: July 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm AWST
COST: Free
ENTRY DETAILS: In the first instance, please contact Claire Bowen Management with an Expression of Interest

Please read the Competition Terms & Conditions

Monologue for Performance

  • Monologue of 5 minutes, no more than 7 minutes, or between 600 and 900 words
  • Monologues to be based on any of the ICRAR research outcomes, or researchers at ICRAR
  • Entrants must be residents of Western Australia
  • Entrants can submit a total of two monologues
  • Entrant details to be in the covering email only, no identifying details in the monologue document file

You can find some definitions of Creative Nonfiction below:
Introducing Creative Nonfiction What is Creative Nonfiction?


$150 for winning monologue, $50 for commended

$150 for winning monologue, $100 for commended

  • ICRAR topic of the writer’s choice, including working under COVID-19

Expression of Interest

Each entry in the competition will be fact-checked by the appropriate ICRAR researcher, in partnership with a WA industry professional script assessor.

To ensure that the Judging Panel holds the appropriate researcher and script assessor for each entry, please fill out the Expression of Interest here which will be sent to Claire Bowen Management with the following information:

  • Which ICRAR research outcome or researcher do you intend to include in your monologue?
  • Do you require a one-hour meeting with an ICRAR researcher to gather more information?
  • In which language will your monologue be partially or wholly written?
  • When performed, will your monologue need a specific performance style?

NOTE: ICRAR researchers will be available to meet with writers until July 24th, 2020

Judging Panel

The Judging Panel for the ICRAR National Science Week WA Monologue Competition will be assembled by Claire Bowen Management, and can be made up of a researcher, a script assessor, a director and an actor who can work with submissions wholly or partially written in the following languages:

Arabic, English, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese

The Judging Panel and the performers of the monologues can work with monologues in the following styles:

Auslan, Music, Puppetry, Poetry, Song

If you have a performance style in mind for your monologue that is not listed, please contact the competition organisers to see if the style can be accommodated by the expertise of the Judging Panel.

Award Night Performance

Two winning monologues from each category will be performed during an Awards Night event scheduled in National Science Week (15-23 August 2020) and compliant with COVID-19 protocols at the time.

This event will have an audience of invited guests and the general public, and the performances will be filmed and added to the ICRAR Vimeo channel for access during National Science Week.

The monologues will also be performed for the general public at Astrofest 2021.

ICRAR research and Researchers

Western Australian writers are invited to let their imaginations actively engage with any research outcome that ICRAR has available for the general public.
The monologue can centre around a concept, a sentence, an image, a quote, or a personal story from the ICRAR team.
Writers can explore the ICRAR media releases for a topic that inspires you, and learn more about the great astronomers of history, but ICRAR researchers have suggested some topics to start with!


Writers can also interview a participating ICRAR researcher to create a monologue for the competition. Please email an EOI to the competition organisers to arrange an interview time.

Here are some participating researchers:

Dr Arash Bahramian Image
Dr Arash Bahramian

He is an astronomer curious about how many black holes are lurking in our Galaxy. Arash hunts these stealthy black holes by searching for their hidden footprints in the landscape of our Galaxy.

Dr Minh Huynh Image
Dr Minh Huynh

Minh's research is focused on multi-wavelength surveys of galaxy formation and evolution, and solving the big data challenges of our next generation radio observatories with machine learning. She was the Deputy International SKA Project Scientist from 2010 to 2012. She is now an adjunct senior fellow at ICRAR-UWA and a senior astronomer at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, leading the data archive for the Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope.

Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker Image
Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker

She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge and moved to WA to help commission the Murchison Widefield Array, which she used to produce the GLEAM survey, a multicolour radio view of the southern sky. She has won the WA Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year, ABC Top 5 Scientist and Superstar of STEM.

Mr Ryan Bunney Image
Mr Ryan Bunney

He is a PhD Student interested in the interdisciplinary applications of Computer Science. Ryan is passionate about teaching and reducing barriers to technology.

Dr Guillaume Drouart Image
Dr Guillaume Drouart

He is a lost french astronomer in the process to become Australian as finding Polaris to go back home is impossible. He completed his PhD between Germany and France, with a stay in Sweden for a postdoc. He decided to live under the Western Australian Southern Cross to finally find the first active supermassive black holes after the Big Bang, using the MWA.

Ms Omima Osman Image
Ms Omima Osman

She is a PhD student at ICRAR. Omima travelled from Sudan to Italy seeking knowledge and acquiring degrees in physics, astrophysics and cosmology before arriving in Australia. Currently, she is working on solving several puzzles concerning cosmic dust and its effects on star formation.

Ms Kat Ross Image
Ms Kat Ross

Kat spends her days watching baby black holes closely with the MWA, waiting to catch them changing and contradicting the current models of galactic evolution. She has already found several black holes twinkling in the sky due to the gas in our own galaxy. She is also a passionate and loud advocate for Women in STEM.

Dr Clancy James Image
Dr Clancy James

He works in experimental radio astronomy and astro-particle physics. His projects include studying the enigmatic transients known as fast radio bursts, detecting radio pulses from high-energy particles known as `cosmic rays', and on detecting neutrinos with the KM3NeT telescope at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.

Dr Maria Kovaleva Image
Dr Maria Kovaleva

She is an antenna engineer with a PhD from Macquarie University in evolutionary optimization applied to electronics engineering problems. Her contribution to radio astronomy research is related to the wondrous things here on Earth - very sensitive radio telescopes that collect weak signals from distant times.