Writer, teacher, performer and StoryBoard founder, Jesse Blackadder, sadly passed away earlier this year. Jesse will be sorely missed by all who knew her, including the thousands of children she has inspired through her creative writing workshops.
Jesse entertained audiences aged four to 94 in Australia and internationally with her tales of writing, researching, and unusual creatures. Passionate about becoming a vet from childhood, she ended up becoming an author instead and wrote a junior series about friendships between humans and animals.
A fibreglass seeing eye dog sets sail for the frozen south in Stay: The Last Dog in Antarctica. A young rider tries to save a wild horse in danger in Paruku The Desert Brumby, and a city kid has to draw on all her courage to save a koala from a cyclone in Dexter the Courageous Koala. Jesse was also an international award-winning author of historical and contemporary fiction for adult readers.