Come see author John Pickrell speak about Weird Dinosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs, and the fascinating science behind the books, at one of the following events – or book onto one of John’s science writing courses.

Marlborough Book Festival, Marlborough, New Zealand – 28-30 July 2017

University of New England, Armidale, NSW – 19 March 2017 (details TBC)

Fred Watson Presents talk, St Ives, Sydney – 16 March 2017 (details TBC)

Secrets of Science Writing Course, NSW Writers’ Centre, Sydney – 18 Feb 2017

Night Talk: Weird Dinosaurs, Australian Museum, Sydney – 2 Feb 2017

Nerd Nite, Sydney – 19 Dec 2016

Weird Dinosaurs Book Launch, 107 Projects, Sydney – 17 Nov 2016

Quantum Words Festival, NSW Writers’ Centre, Sydney – 12 Nov 2016

Australian Opal Centre, Lightning Ridge, NSW – 15 August 2016

Trailblazers Talks: The Dinosaur Hunters, Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW – 7 July 2016

Flying Dinosaurs with John Pickrell, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, UK – 1 June 2016

Secrets of Science Writing Course, NSW Writers’ Centre, Sydney – 9 April 2016

Australian Opal Centre, Lightning Ridge, NSW – 22 October 2015

Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW – 7-9 August 2015

Secrets of Science Writing Course, Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW – 23 May 2015

On the Problems with Jurassic Park, Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW – 21 May 2015

National Dinosaur Museum, Canberra, ACT – 11 October 2014

Science Writing Masterclass, Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD – 8 September 2014

Brisbane Writers Festival/University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD – 5–7 September 2014

Science Week, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT – 16 August 2014

Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo, VIC – 8-10 August 2014

Flying Dinosaurs book launch, Australian Museum, Sydney – 29 May 2014

Want the author to come and talk about all the incredible feathered dinosaur discoveries and how dinosaurs evolved in to birds at your university, museum or event? Contact him.

Flying Dinosaurs coverCome along to one of these events to hear Australian Geographic editor John Pickrell talking about all the latest dinosaur science:


Spotlight on Flying Dinosaurs
9 August, 12pm, The Hub (next to the Capital). Free entry. Part of the Bendigo Writers Festival. More information.

The Truth About Dinosaurs
9 August, 2pm, Discovery Science and Technology Centre. Free entry. Part of the Bendigo Writers Festival. More information.


Flying Dinosaurs – Science in ACTion
16 August, 2pm, Australian National University (Manning Clark Centre). Free entry. Part of National Science Week. More information.


Flying Dinosaurs with John Pickrell
4 September, 5pm, University of Queensland (Faculty of Science, St Lucia Campus). Part of the Brisbane Writers Festival. More information.

Flying Dinosaurs – Geek Out At The Cube
5 September, 9.45am, Queensland University of Technology. Part of the Brisbane Writers Festival. More information and buy tickets.


Public lecture: Flying Dinosaurs
22 October, 6pm, Australian Opal Centre, 3/11 Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge, NSW. Email to register your interest.


Flying Dinosaurs – Skeptics in the Pub talk
6 November, 7pm, The Crown Hotel, 160 Crown St, Surry Hills. More information.

Night Talk: Flying Dinosaurs
February 2015, Australian Museum. Details TBD. More information.


Our changing view of dinosaurs
19 March 2015, RiAus, the Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place. Details TBD. More information.

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Thanks to all who made it to ‘Flying Dinosaurs: A night at the museum’ on Thursday evening! This glitzy Australian Geographic Society event to launch the book – held at Sydney’s historic Australian Museum – was an enormous success, with all 120 tickets sold out.

Flying Dinosaurs author, John Pickrell, gave a 45-minute talk about some of the most surprising new revelations about dinosaurs (see below for a taster). This was followed by questions and a book signing, and drinks under the huge dinosaur skeleton which is stood in front of the Tyrannosaurs exhibit.

The range and breadth of questions asked after the lecture and throughout the evening were fantastic and it was great to see that people had been so engaged with the content.

The book is now in stores across Australia so look out for it and go buy your copy now! Photography © Bryan O’Donovan.

Eight surprising facts about dinosaurs:
1. We’re in the golden age of dinosaur discovery
2. Dinosaurs aren’t dead – they are more successful now than ever
3. Most carnivorous dinosaurs had feathers
4. Some dinosaurs had not two but four wings
5. We know what colour many dinosaurs were
6. All the dinosaur sounds you’ve heard are wrong
7. There’s no chance of dino DNA in fossils – but all is not lost!
8. What we’ve learnt is incredible, but the best may lie ahead…

Flying Dinosaurs: A night at the museum
Join us at the Australian Museum for an evening of fascinating new dinosaur revelations!

When: Thursday 29 May 2014
Where: Australian Museum, Sydney, enter via William St entrance
Time: 6:15pm (for 6:30pm start) – 8:30pm
Cost: $20

We have learnt more about dinosaurs in the two decades since Jurassic Park hit cinema screens than during the whole of history up to that point. Around one new species is currently discovered every week, many in China, but others in South America, Mongolia and Africa. There’s so much new knowledge it’s hard to keep up, but one thing’s for certain – if you love dinosaurs, this a great time to be alive!

Come to the Australian Museum for an evening of fascinating new dinosaur revelations with editor of Australian Geographic and author of new book Flying Dinosaurs: how fearsome reptiles became birds, John Pickrell. This launch event for the book will feature a one-hour talk about all the latest dinosaur science followed by drinks and canapes, a book signing and an opportunity to meet the author and the Australian Geographic editorial team.

Find all the details here on the Australian Geographic site and RSVP for the event here on Facebook.

Australian Museum
Founded in Sydney in 1827, the Australian Museum is the oldest museum in the nation (Credit: Wikimedia/Sardaka).