Staying – A Memoir


“As children, Jessie Cole and her brother Jake ran wild, free to roam their rainforest home as they pleased. They had each other, parents who adored them, and two mysterious, beautiful, clever half-sisters, Billie and Zoe, who came to visit every holidays. But when Jessie was on the cusp of adolescence, tragedy struck, and her happy, loving family fell apart. This beautifully written, heartbreaking memoir asks what happens to those who are left behind when someone takes their own life. It’s about the importance of home, family and forgiveness—and finding peace in a place where we’ve suffered pain.”

Staying will be released in May 2018.

You can preorder a copy from Text Publishing.


Write Around the Murray Festival – 9th to the 13th of September


The Big Book Club: Jason Steger in conversation with Jessie Cole

When: Saturday 12 September, 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Where: Library Museum, Corner of Kiewa and Swift Streets, Albury

Price: Gold coin donation

On one level Deeper Water is a ‘coming-of-age tour de force’: a tale of innocence and awakening, a raging river and a stranded stranger. At a deeper level it is an examination of modern life and the ways we disconnect from nature, including the gains and costs of this perceived separation.

The Big Book Club highlights two books of the festival for you to read in advance before listening to the authors discuss their work in depth with regular festival guest, Jason Steger. As literary editor for The Age and regular panellist on ABC’s The Book Club, Jason’s blend of experience, insight and intimacy makes for compelling conversations with guest authors, with time for audience questions at the end.

Check out the rest of the festival at WAM – Write Around the Murray Festival.

Bellingen Readers’ and Writers’ Festival – June Long Weekend


Jessie will be participating in the Bellingen Readers’ and Writers’ Festival this June Long Weekend. If you’re in town, come and say hi!

Writing the environment.

Saturday 6th of June at the Memorial Hall

1.30 – 2.30pm

From Parramatta to Mullumbimby place exerts a powerful influence on our authors’ writing. How closely do the real environments resemble created worlds of their novels?
Jessie Cole, Felicity Castagna and Peter Macinnis
Chair: Brian Purcell
Single session $20.00

Social issues in fiction

Sunday 7th June at the Memorial Hall

11.15am – 12. 00pm

Jessie Cole’s and Diana Sweeney’s novels include parental abuse, single mothers with children from a succession of departed men; and sexual abuse and teenage pregnancy respectively. Robert Drewe has addressed both social and political issues in his work.
Robert Drewe, Jessie Cole and Diana Sweeney
Chair: Irina Dunn
Single session $20.00

To check out the program: BRWF PROGRAM

Women of Letters – Brisbane


Jessie will be taking part in Women of Letters in Brisbane, May the 31st.

With acclaimed comedian and producer ALEX WARD, award-winning writer and author of ‘The Railwayman’s Wife’ ASHLEY HAY, Owner/manager of The Zoo and music industry icon JOC CURRAN, Cult fashion designer GAIL SORRONDA and ARIA award-winning singer-songwriter MEGAN WASHINGTON.

They’ll all be writing ‘A letter to My Fork in the Road.’

Opening at 3pm, $20 a ticket.

There’ll be wine, cheese plates and the studious penning of aerogrammes, all in homage to the beautiful lost art of letter writing. Ticket’s available here!

Best Australian Essays!

Best-Essays-2014-online-193x300Jessie has an essay in the latest edition of Best Australian Essays, edited by Robert Manne, due for release in November 2014.

Check out the list of contributors.

Pre-order the print book from Readings or pre-order the eBook from Amazon or iBooks.

Melbourne Writers’ Festival 21 – 31 August

Jessie will be appearing at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival

 What I learned About Sex From Reading

Alissa Nutting’s bold debut Tampa is about predatory sex. Jessie Cole’s new novel, Deeper Water, tends towards sensuality and tenderness. Find out what these two writers learnt about sex while writing about it – and what lessons there are for readers. In conversation with Bethanie Blanchard.

Friday, 29th August, 1pm. At ACMI The Cube.

The Morning Read

Start your day with Festival early bird and Big Issue books editor, Thuy On, as she hosts readings with a diverse range of festival guests.

Saturday, 30th August, 10am. At Festival Club at Optic.

See you there!

Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2014

For a great write up of Jessie’s panel with Inga Simpson, check out the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival Blog Post: The Nest Isn’t Always Safe: The Topic of Home with Jessie Cole and Inga Simpson.


Jessie Cole (centre) and; Inga Simpson (right) discuss the second novels with chair Lisa Walker (left). Photo: Cath Piltz


And another BBWF Blog Post: Into the Wild: Robyn Davidson, Claire Dunn, Jessie Cole and Felicity Volk.


Into the wild panel: (L-R) chair Anneli Knight, Robyn Davidson, Claire Dunn, Jessie Cole and Felicity Volk. Photo credit: Cath Piltz

Ubud Writers’ & Readers’ Festival 2013

Jessie will be appearing at the Ubud Writers’ & Readers’ Festival in 2013, 11th – 15th October.

This October, the Festival will welcome more than 170 brilliant writers, performers, artists, musicians and visionaries to the magical setting of Ubud, to speak across all forms of storytelling – from travel writing to songwriting, plays, poetry, comedy and graphic novels.

Jessie is appearing In

  • It’s All Part of the Process

Process is a very personal thing. What do you do when your words don’t fall out of your head & onto the page? Hear from four writers on their writing process & what works for them.

  • You’re a Character

Is it you, is it me, is it them… & whose story is it anyway? From fact or fiction, characterisation isn’t always easy. Take a look at how these writers approach character development.

  • Sex in Words

50 Shades, blah, blah, blah… women writing on sex isn’t new, but how is it changing? When it comes to the intimate, are women better sex writers than men?

Check the Ubud Festival website for details:

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