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Jesse Blackadder

Dr Jesse Blackadder is an international award-winning author of fiction and has been on Byron Writers Festival board since 2011.

Jesse is fascinated by landscapes, adventurous women, animals and very cold places. A winner of literary awards in the USA and Australia, she is the author of three adult novels and three children’s novels (for 8-12 year olds). Jesse won the 2011-12 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, and has been a writer-in-residence in Antarctica, Alaska and outback Australia. She has a Doctor of Creative Arts and teaches creative writing.

Jesse has been a peer assessor for the Australia Council, a judge for The Australian Society of Authors Mentorship Program and the Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize, and is an author ambassador for Room to Read, the non-profit organisation for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. For Byron Writers Festival, she’s taken a lead role in developing StoryBoard (creative writing in local schools) and Books-2-Screen (a joint project with Northern Rivers Screenworks mentoring authors and screenwriters in adaptations).

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