Garbage Guts story reading


'Garbage Guts' by Heidi Auman is a beautifully illustrated children's book that explores the impact of plastic on seabirds.

Dr Heidi Auman PhD is a lecturer at the University of Tasmania Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and is a pioneer in the research of plastics ingestion having studied the human impact on seabirds for the past 30 years. At Salamanca Market as part of Plastic Free July, Heidi will read from her children’s book 'Garbage Guts' and deliver a short talk after the reading while passing around examples of plastic debris that are often found in albatross chicks. 

Heidi has explored plastic ingestion in subantarctic and Tasmanian seabirds, chemical pollutants in Great Lakes birds and the effects of junk food on urban gulls. She lived at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (US) during 1993–2000 studying the effects of marine debris and contaminants on Laysan albatross. She has demonstrated that our ecological footprint has reached the farthest corners of the earth, often with disturbing consequences. 

Two readings will be held on 20 July 2019 on the Salamanca lawns at the following times:

  • 10.30 - 11.30 am
  • 12 - 1 pm.

This activity is part of a Salamanca Market initiative to raise awareness of the effect of waste on our oceans and environment and is part of our month of activations during Plastic Free July and is a free activity for families.



  • Saturday, 20 July 2019 | 10:30 AM - 01:00 PM