Melbourne Writers Festival

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Jessie will be appearing in:

A Tribute to Childhood

Sat 1 Sep, 4pm
Mission to Seafarers Chapel

To my childhood: goodbye. Author of the memoir Staying, Jessie Cole, South Sudanese refugee Majok Tulba, former child actor Mara Wilson and transgender activist Nevo Zisin celebrate, lament and mourn their youth as they turn towards the future.

This session contains content related to death and self-harm, mental illness and homophobia.

Jessie Cole: Staying

Sun 2 Sep, 4pm
ACMI Studio 1

How do we recover from loss? Jessie Cole discusses her heartbreaking memoir Staying, a book that Tim Winton describes as “wounded, lovely, luminous”, and shares how, through writing, she found peace in a place of pain. With Maria Tumarkin.

This session contains content related to death, self-harm and mental illness

Closing Night Party: You Are There

Sun 2 Sep, 7pm
Melbourne Museum

The final night of MWF celebrates what it means to let go, as six writers pay tribute to something or someone loved and lost in a night of ritual, healing and farewell. Featuring readings from Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jessie Cole, Sophie Cunningham, Kate Holden, Mariam Issa and Maria Tumarkin; a full musical performance by the soaringly beautiful Megan Washington. Hosted by Rafeif Ismail.

Doors and bar open 7pm. 2 hour event followed by party till late

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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!

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