Jessica has been selected to be a mentor for emerging writer Fiona Murphy. Fiona, a poet and essayist, is writing as series of essays on deafness. You can find out more about WestWords’ metorship program here.
Jessica's short story 'Unfurling' appears in Our Sporting Life, the Griffith Review edition on sport. On Thursday 25th January, Jessica will be reading from her story at the Brisbane Powerhouse. If you want to read more about the story, you can click here.
Jessica will be speaking about Entitlement and her childhood in the country at Orange City Library on Tuesday, 8th July at 5.30PM.
Jessica has received a grant from Arts Queensland's Individuals Fund. She will use it to research and write her book on 19th Century Queensland novelist Rosa Praed and her deaf daughter Maud.
Jessica’s essay, ‘From the Miniature to the Momentous: Georgiana Molloy and the Craft of Collecting’, which she wrote during the Ridgeline Residency, will be published in Island magazine #135.
The launch will be on Saturday 14th December from 1PM at Rosny Barn, Rosny Hill Road, Hobart. Jessica will be in conversation with Polly McGee, Chair of Island.
An article on Jessica’s country upbringing and its influences on her writing appears in the Spring edition of Country Living, the premier lifestyle magazine for northern country NSW.
Jessica will be in conversation with novelist and journalist Ashley Hay, author of the recently released The Railwayman’s Wife, at Books@Stones at Stones Corner, Shop 1, 360 Logan Road, Stones Corner.
Please RSVP by phoning (07) 3394 4949. All welcome!
Jessica will be talking about and signing her novels at Black Cat Books in Paddington.
Jessica will talk about her experiences as a writer who is deaf at the welcome reception of the biennial conference for the National Association of Australian Teachers of the deaf at 6.00pm, Friday 5th July.
At 10.00am at Highfield House, Hobart, Jessica will discuss the essay she wrote while on her residency with Ridgeline Pottery and Accommodation at The Longest Write.
This is a weekend of workshops & writing time organised by Island magazine, taking place over the winter solstice.
Jessica is a recipient of the Ridgeline Residency, established by Ridgeline Pottery and Accommodation in collaboration with The Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society at the University of Tasmania and Island magazine. The residency is also supported by Tasmania's Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts and by Griffith Review.