Dr Jesse Blackadder is the author of critically acclaimed fiction for adults and children, including the historical novels The Raven’s Heart (about her Blackadder ancestors in 16th century Scotland) and Chasing the Light (about the first women to reach Antarctica). She has won literary awards including the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Historical Fiction (USA), and has twice won the coveted Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship. 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 will be part of the 2019 conference.