The Australia Council wishes to acknowledge the death of
author Jesse Blackadder and acknowledge her contribution to Australian
literature, as a writer of books for both adults and children.
Jesse was the
author of four adult books, Sixty Seconds, Chasing the Light, The Raven’s Heart and After the Party; five children’s books, Stay, the Last Dog in Antarctica, Paruku, the Desert Brumby, Dexter, the Courageous Koala;and,
with Laura Bloom, the ‘Dream Riders’ books, Frankie and Storm.
Jesse had a close connection to the
Australia Council through her role as a peer assessor. She was also a peer
assessor for Create NSW, and was on the board of the Byron Writers Festival,
where she was a founder of the festival’s StoryBoard program.
Australia Council staff
have described her as a “warm,
funny, engaged and a very sensitive writer”. We extend our greatest sympathies
to her friends, family and colleagues.
Download Accessible Version