Byron Writers Festival Members’ Book Club
Connecting our members with celebrated authors in our region.
This event is a members-only free event and will be held every two months on the second Thursday of the month, featuring the work of a high-profile local author. This is a book club with a difference, as the author will join the discussion for the second half of the evening.
The next Members’ Book Club on Thursday 9 November will feature Jesse Blackadders’ novel Sixty Seconds, with the discussion facilitated by local novelist Marele Day.
The evening will be held at the Byron Writers Festival office with an intimate group.
A limited number of copies are available to borrow or purchase from the Byron Writers Festival office.
When: Thursday 9 November, 6:00 – 7.15pm Where: Byron Writers Festival Office, Level 1, 28 Jonson St Byron Bay Tickets: Free- bookings essential, limited space
About the book
The Brennans – parents Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby – have made a sea change, from chilly Hobart to subtropical Murwillumbah. Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they’re still settling in to work, school, and life in a sprawling purple weatherboard by the river. Then, one Monday morning, tragedy strikes.
In the aftermath, the questions fly. What really happened? Who’s to blame?
Determined to protect his family, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah – his innocence lost – faces a sudden and frightening adulthood where nothing is certain.
Sixty Seconds is a haunting, redemptive story about forgiveness and hope.
“Sixty Seconds, through the power of Blackadder’s writing, takes us inside that world of grief and loss, lets us know that we are vulnerable, and supplies a shape within which such a very Australian tragedy is understood — not sanitised, but made coherent.” – The Australian.
About the Author
Dr Jesse Blackadder is an Australian literary talent, an emerging screenwriter, and a board member of Byron Writers Festival. She is the author of seven novels, the most recent being Sixty Seconds. Jesse has won awards including the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Historical Fiction (USA), the Guy Morrison Prize for Literary Journalism (Australia) and the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.