High Tea with Jessie Cole – Better Read Than Dead, 7th July

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Better Read Than Dead – Saturday, July 7

3pm – 4.30pm

What if the thing in your past is so big that to avoid talking about it you’d have to move far away, but you loved your home so much you couldn’t leave?

Staying is a searing memoir by acclaimed novelist Jessie Cole, about surviving personal tragedy and finding a place to heal. Her highly praised novels, Darkness on the Edge of Town and Deeper Water, explore similar themes, but it is this, her own powerful story filled with profound wisdom and redemptive beauty, that she has been longing to write.

 

Join Jessie Cole for a conversation about Staying, over a high tea of sweets, scones, sandwiches and champagne.

Better Read Than Dead – 265 King Street, Newtown, NSW.

Get tickets from Better Read Than Dead.

 

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Avid Reader Bookshop – Salon & ‘Staying’ launch, May 24th

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Thursday 24th May, 6pm – 8pm.

Join a Salon of emerging writers with Jessie Cole for the launch of “Staying: A Memoir” at Avid Reader Bookshop.

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 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 of pain.

By the critically acclaimed author of “Darkness on the Edge of Town” and “Deeper Water”.

Avid Reader Bookshop: 193 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, QLD.

This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname. Tickets for this event cost $7.50 and bookings are essential.

Get tickets from Avid.

Bellingen Readers’ and Writers’ Festival June 2018

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Challenging Women: Perspectives on Life & Writing

Sunday 10th June, 9am – 10am

Alicia Tuckerman, Alli Sinclair, Claire Aman & Jessie Cole. Chaired by Jesse Blackadder

Biography & Memoir: The Stories of our Lives

Sunday 10th June, 12.30pm – 2pm

Don Watson, Kate Cole-Adams, Stuart Coupe & Jessie Cole. Chaired by Caroline Baum.

Head over to http://bellingenwritersfestival.com.au/ to check out the full program and buy tickets.

 

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2018

Session: Family Portrait

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Friday, 4th May, 1.30pm. Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre, CHIPPENDALE

“Composing a memoir is a deeply personal process, one made more complicated when writing about family and friends. In this session, three memoirists consider the opportunities and risks in telling true stories about loved ones. Rosie Waterland’s Every Lie I’ve Ever Told details her family’s reaction to her bestselling debut memoir, The Anti-Cool Girl. Jessie Cole explores loss and grief in the beautifully written Staying. Tara Westover’s Educated explores her escape from a survivalist end-of-days childhood. They speak to ABC Radio Sydney’s Richard Glover.”

Head to swf.org.au to see the program and book tickets!

 

Staying – A Memoir

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“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 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 of pain.”

‘A wounded, lovely, luminous book about grief, trauma and the strange healing potential of words.’ Tim Winton

‘A work of shining brilliance.’ Romy Ash

‘Staying aches and pulses with life … Cole is a writer of immense talent.’ Anna Krien

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

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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

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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

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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!

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