Newcastle Writers Festival, 5th -7th April


Jessie will be appearing at the Newcastle Writers Festival in 2019


Is objective truth essential when writing about your life, and can memory and imagination ever be separated?

With Jessie Cole, Caro Llewellyn and Rick Morton.

Host / Ailsa Piper

06 APR 2019 // 3:00 PM-4:00 PM // HUNTER ROOM, CITY HALL

Tickets $25

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Jessie Cole and Jock Serong explore how the Australian landscape has influenced who they are and the work they create.

Host / Conor McCarthy

07 APR 2019 // 11:30 AM-12:30 PM // MULUBINBA ROOM, CITY HALL

Free session

Castlemaine State Festival


Jessie will be appearing at the Castlemaine State Festival on the 30th of March:



As children, Jessie Cole and her brother ran wild in an idyllic rainforest home. They had adoring parents and two beautiful half-sisters, who visited every holiday. But when Jessie was on the cusp of adolescence, tragedy struck, and her loving family fell apart. Join Jessie in conversation about Staying, her powerful memoir about family and forgiveness and finding peace in a place of pain.

10am – The Old Castlemaine Gaol
36-48 Bowden St, Castlemaine

Tickets $18/$15

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Nature Writing is the hottest trend in literature. Join expert nature writers and eco-critics Inga Simpson (Where the Trees Were), Dr. Thomas Wilson (Stepping Off: Rewilding and Belonging in the South-West) and Jessie Cole (Staying) to discuss the changing face of nature writing.

3pm – The Old Castlemaine Gaol
36-48 Bowden St, Castlemaine

Tickets $18/$15

Buy tickets here.


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


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.

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