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Jesse Blackadder Jesse Blackadder i(A77675 works by) (a.k.a. Jesse Kate Blackadder)
Born: Established: 1964 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Jesse Blackadder graduated from the New South Wales Institute of Technology with a bachelor of arts in Communications, majoring in film and writing. She later received a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Western Sydney. She also holds a Master of Applied Science (Social Ecology), also from the University of Western Sydney.

Blackadder publishing her first novel for adults in 2005: After the Party. It was followed by historical novel The Raven's Heart (2011), a story of Mary, Queen of Scots. Her third novel, Chasing the Light : A Novel of Antarctica, was funded by an Antarctic Arts Fellowship. Blackadder has also published a range of children's books, focusing on Australian animals such as koalas and flying foxes, as well as influential introduced species, including brumbies. One work, Stay : The Last Dog in Antarctica, was also influenced by her Antarctic Arts Fellowship.

Blackadder's most recent novel, Sixty Seconds (2017), explores the devastating aftermath of a backyard tragedy.

Since 2016, Blackadder has also been branching out into screen-writing, with writers' room placements on Mustangs FC (Matchbox Pictures) and the upcoming Seven Little Australians (Every Cloud Productions). With eleven other women, she was selected as part of The Athena Project, an initiative to develop the careers of women scriptwriters, funded by Screen Australia's Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers program.

Blackadder has been the student representative for the Association of the Study of Literature, the Environment, and Culture - Australia and New Zealand.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature

  Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $15,000.00

2016 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Grants Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $35,000.00
2014 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Established Writers 14-15 Fiction

Awards for Works

After the Party 2005 single work novel humour

'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)

2010 shortlisted Australian Book Review Fan Poll
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