Jesse Kate Blackadder graduated from the New South Wales Institute of Technology with a bachelor of arts in Communications, majoring in film and writing. She later undertook doctoral studies, in creative arts, at the University of Western Sydney.
Blackadder has been the student representative for the Association of the Study of Literature, the Environment, and Culture - Australia and New Zealand.
'Byron Bay, 5 December. On a cool, moonlit night, a group of eccentrics gather for a dinner party hosted by feng shui consultant ‘Black Dragon’. Before the night is through, a relationship will implode, a teenager will overdose, a woman will fall in love with the wrong person, and a robust fish curry will lead to a murder investigation.
'As far as parties go, it’s a disaster. But Byron Bay has more surprises in store for Black Dragon, when her perfectly designed life is turned upside-down by an anonymous lover, a possible pregnancy and an unresolved past.
'Between the steamy rainforests of the hinterland and the turquoise ocean, colonised by cane toads, fortune tellers, acrobats and tourists, death and destiny hover, waiting to pounce...
'Full of subversive wit, After the Party is a sensuous, passionate story about life-changing moments and collisions with fate.' (Publication summary)