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Jessica White Jessica White i(A7568 works by)
Born: Established: 1978 ;
Gender: Female
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Dr Jessica White is a lecturer and researcher at The University of Queensland, where she is writing an ecobiography of 19th century botanist Georgiana Molloy. She is the author of A Curious Intimacy (Penguin/Viking 2007) and Entitlement (Penguin/Viking 2012), and her short fiction, essays and poetry have won awards and shortlistings and appeared in a wide range of literary journals. Jessica is also the recipient of funding and residencies from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2019, she published Hearing Maud (UWAP), a hybrid memoir that describes the intertwining of her life with that of Maud Praed, the deaf daughter of 19th century Queensland novelist Rosa Praed. Jessica has been severely-to-profoundly deaf since she was four.

Jessica White is the project lead for Writing Disability in Australia, an AustLit project.

Most Referenced Works


  • Additional Works:

    'Old Honey', Adda. Posted 24 November 2016. (

Personal Awards

2020 recipient JUNCTURE Fellowship
2015 shortlisted Commonwealth Short Story Competition For 'Old Honey'.
2015 commended Australian Centre Literary Awards Peter Blazey Fellowship for Blue Shadows and Morning Light: Tracing the Art Collection of F.G. White

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Hearing Maud : A Journey for a Voice Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 2019 16668847 2019 single work biography non-fiction

'Hearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice is a work of creative non-fiction that details the author’s experiences of deafness after losing most of her hearing at age four. It charts how, as she grew up, she was estranged from people and turned to reading and writing for solace, eventually establishing a career as a writer.

'Central to her narrative is the story of Maud Praed, the deaf daughter of 19th century Queensland expatriate novelist Rosa Praed. Although Maud was deaf from infancy, she was educated at a school which taught her to speak rather than sign, a mode difficult for someone with little hearing. The breakup of Maud’s family destabilised her mental health and at age twenty-eight she was admitted to an asylum, where she stayed until she died almost forty years later. It was through uncovering Maud’s story that the author began to understand her own experiences of deafness and how they contributed to her emotional landscape, relationships and career.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Non-Fiction
2020 winner National Biography Award Michael Crouch Award for a Debut Work
2020 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance
2020 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
2020 shortlisted National Biography Award Shortlisted for the primary National Biography Award, as well as winning the Michael Crouch Award.
y separately published work icon Hearing in Other Ways 2010 (Manuscript version)x402112 Z1683482 2010 single work essay
2010 shortlisted The Calibre Prize
y separately published work icon A Curious Intimacy Camberwell : Viking , 2007 Z1345399 2007 single work novel historical fiction In the 1870s two remarkable women meet in a remote country town in Western Australia. Ingrid is a botanist, fiercely independent and travelling alone as she collects botanical specimens. Hundreds of miles from home, she tries to distance herself from a broken heart after her lover was forced to marry. Ingrid puts her own troubles aside on meeting Ellyn, a young woman living in stark isolation and driven close to madness by the death of her baby daughter. Ellyn's husband is away indefinitely, and she's had no word from him while the small community has turned its back on her because of her "unseemly" grieving. When the two women meet they forge a bond that grows ever deeper. But can their intimacy find acceptance in their conventional world?' - back cover
2007 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction
2009 longlisted International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2008 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2008 shortlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
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