Byron Writers Festival — 3 – 5 August

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Byron Writers Festival 2018 features a stellar line-up of more than 140 writers and thinkers spanning a mix of genres including music, art, environment, philosophy, health, politics, human rights and of course memoir and fiction.

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Jessie will be appearing at:

Living Wild

Friday, August 3

10am – 11am, Yellow Brick Road Pavilion

Jessie Cole, Miriam Lancewood & Gregory Smith

Chair: Nathan Scolaro

 

Making the Beast Beautiful

Friday, August 3

4pm – 5pm, Yellow Brick Road Pavilion

Jessie Cole, Dervla McTiernan & Sarah Wilson

Chair: Sarah Krasnostein

 

Shaping Life into a Story

Saturday, August 4

12.15pm – 1.15pm, The Saturday Paper Marquee

Jessie Cole, Bri Lee & Gregory Smith

Chair: Zacharey Jane

 

First Open a Vein: Writing Through Personal Pain

Sunday, August 5

1.45pm – 2.45pm, The Saturday Paper Marquee

Jessie Cole, Walter Mikac & Hannah Richell

Chair: Jesse Blackadder

 

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Mudgee Readers’ Festival — 10th – 12th August.

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Stories in the Landscape

Saturday 11 August, 12:00pm–1:00pm at Town Hall Theatre

All hailing from different parts of the country, Inga Simpson, Jessie Cole and Paul Collis discuss their connections to their environment and how the landscape informs their work. Hosted by environmental writer and novelist Jane Rawson.

$12 – book ticket.

 

MRF Book Club: Staying

Sunday 12 August, 11:15am–12:15pm, The Coffee House at Parkview

Jessie Cole’s heartbreaking memoir Staying 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. Join the critically acclaimed author of Darkness on the Edge of Town and Deeper Water and host Julia Tsalis for an intimate discussion.

Free, RSVP essential.

Woollahra Library – Writers & Readers, 10th July

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Tuesday 10 July 2018, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Join Jessie Cole to hear from her heartbreaking memoir as she asks what happens to those who are left behind when someone takes their own life, the importance of home, family and forgiveness – and finding peace in a place of pain.

Woollahra Library, 451 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Get tickets for Jessie Cole at Woollahra Library.

 

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.

 

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 is rich and complex – and often surprisingly funny given its dark subject matter. Above all, this memoir is a meditation on what it means to be traumatised by loss, and ultimately to be healed by life.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘It is a ­literary achievement, but always a human story. Its message is that life has a tenacious power to draw us out of states of bereavement that, if surrendered to, have the capacity to destroy us ­entirely … The challenge is the one Cole meets and betters­ in this lovely, sad, sometimes luminous memoir: to hold the brokenness that grief ­creates without becoming broken oneself. To find consolation in remaining unconsoled.’ The Weekend Australian

‘This touching memoir from Australian author Jessie Cole, whose childhood was irrevocably changed when her sister committed suicide, offers a rare personal take on unthinkable tragedy.’ Elle

‘When Australia’s cultural narratives insist an artist must leave home to succeed, Cole shows one forged by staying put. She still inhabits her fallen Eden today. It’s surprising that, in the midst of such sorrow, what resounds is a sensation of fecundity. But perhaps it’s not, from a writer of such talent and grace.’ The Saturday Paper

Staying is a well-written, extremely moving memoir that steers resolutely clear of stereotypes and self-pity … For all the darkness, there is light too. Cole is a gifted writer with a sensual turn of phrase, and her exploration of the reverberating effects of suicide is both illuminating and absorbing. It will appeal to readers who loved her previous novels.’ Books+Publishing

‘This is a tender book about family, loss and trauma, and it deserves a wide readership.’ Readings Magazine

Staying is a heartbreaking testament to the despair, helplessness and guilt of those left behind.’ Australian Financial Review

Order a copy from Text Publishing.

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