Jesse Blackadder
Award-winning novelist Jesse Blackadder, PhD (Creative Arts), will focus on transforming the essence of a fact (whether it be something in your own life, or a moment in history) into a compelling narrative in this exclusive creative writing retreat from 11-14 May 2018 at Appleby House.
About Jesse
Dr Jesse Blackadder is an award-winning Australian literary talent. She is the author of critically acclaimed adult novels Sixty Seconds (HarperCollins 2017), Chasing the Light (HarperCollins 2013), The Raven's Heart (HarperCollins 2011) and After the Party (Hardie Grant 2005), as well as junior novels Dexter The Courageous Koala (ABC Books 2015) Paruku The Desert Brumby (2014) and Stay: The Last Dog in Antarctica (2013).

Jesse has won literary awards including the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Historical Fiction (USA), the Guy Morrison Prize for Literary Journalism (Australia) and the 2011-12 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship. She is currently adapting Paruku The Desert Brumby into a screenplay with Bangalow Pictures.

Jesse has been a writer-in-residence in Alaska, Antarctica, outback NSW, Varuna The Writers' House, and Byron Bay. Her Doctor of Creative Arts thesis explored using real historical characters in fiction. Jesse is a passionate creative writing teacher who has run workshops for all ages in Australia and at international literary festivals. She is the leader of Byron Writers Festival StoryBoard, a program that takes authors into schools to teach creative writing to young people.

Jesse Blackadder's latest novel, Sixty Seconds, is out now.

The Brennans - parents Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby - have made a sea change, shifting from chilly Hobart to a sprawling purple weatherboard in subtropical Murwillumbah. Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they are only just starting to settle when, one morning, tragedy strikes - changing their lives forever.

Determined to protect his wife, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends her nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah - his innocence lost - is propelled suddenly from his teens into frightening adulthood.

As all three are pushed to the limit, questions fly: Who is to blame? And what does it take to forgive?
A haunting and ultimately redemptive story about forgiveness and hope.

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Find out what readers have said on Goodreads

'Quite simply a masterpiece.' - Kate Forsyth, author of Beauty in Thorns, Bitter Greens, The Wild Girl.

'This achingly beautiful novel broke my heart. And then put it back together.' - Wendy James, author, The Golden Child.

'A beautiful work. One of the most moving and artistically satisfying endings I've read in a long while.' - Susan Johnson, author, My Hundred Lovers and The Landing.

'A novel that will get into your bones - captivating, heartbreaking and immensely beautiful.' - Eliza Henry-Jones, author of In the Quiet and Ache.