The Secret Life of Coral


In 2014, microbial ecologists Professors Linda Blackall and Madeleine van Oppen from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, collaborated with the Small Friends Books team (Art Director, Briony Barr; Science Director, Dr. Gregory Crocetti; writer, Ailsa Wild; & artist, Aviva … Continued

Australian Earth Laws Alliance workshop


Aviva, Briony and Gregory hosted a session ‘Embodying Symbiosis‘ at the Australian Earth Laws Alliance conference in Brisbane on October 21. After reading our coral symbiosis story Zobi and the Zoox, conference delegates were invited to cooperate as a group … Continued

Launching The Invisible War


Mission to launch The Invisible War: Accomplished! The Royal Society of Victoria hosted our action-packed launch of The Invisible War – featuring: former Victorian premier Ted Bailieu (chair of the ANZAC centenary committee); ABC Science Show host Robyn Williams as … Continued

The Invisible War: School Testing


As a part of our preparation of The Invisible War, Briony, Gregory and Ailsa ventured out to school classrooms around Victoria to see what children thought about our new graphic novel. Through a combination of formal questionnaires and informal conversation, … Continued

Symbiosis Storytelling at ArtPlay


Over two successive Sundays at ArtPlay in May, the Small Friends team facilitated workshops around The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon. Parents and children were first captivated by writer Ailsa Wild, who narrated her story. Then Ailsa, Briony, Gregory … Continued

International Symbiosis Society – conference in Lisbon


We had an amazing week at the International Symbiosis Society (ISS) conference in Lisbon, Portugal! Each day featured non-stop learning about different symbiotic partnerships, with posters and presentations from a broad range of scientists – such as chemists, microbiologists, entomologists, … Continued

Zobi and the Zoox Book Launch


We celebrated the publication of our new book, Zobi and the Zoox, in a art-science themed evening of activities on Friday March 13th at ArtPlay. The book was officially launched by Jane Sullivan, literary journalist for The Age and the … Continued