Jesse has appeared in international and Australian literary festivals as a panelist, solo presenter, chairperson, and presenter for children.

“Jesse was one of our most featured writers at the inaugural Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts 2014, and for good reason. Her work is multifaceted and it doesn't matter what she's talking about - people listen! She's engaging and passionate on the craft of writing, travel, history and children's literature.” Michelle Newell, AusNZ Festival, London

“Jesse has the ability to forensically analyse and dissect a topic, then construct a session that gets under the skin of her guests and encourages them to engage with each other. It takes confidence and skill to do this: Jesse has both. And she makes people laugh. Audiences adored her.”
Jeni Caffin, Byron Bay Writers’ Festival.

“Jesse, I wanted to say the feedback about your Antarctica event has been fabulous - have had a few people say it was one of their favourite events.” - Jemma Birrell, Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Jesse’s captivated a mixed age group of children with her book reading of Stay, she wowed audiences as part of the intelligent and inspiring ‘Into the Light’ panel discussing women’s stories and women’s identities and her Antarctica presentation drew comments such as ‘utterly stunning’, ‘inspiring’, ‘excellent speaker’. Jesse’s story definitely created a buzz amongst festival patrons. Overall she drew 5 stars in all our evaluations.”
Ann-maree Ellis, Write Around the Murray.

“Jesse's contribution to our session on Australians writing about the Antarctic was fascinating and inspiring. And despite being first up on an early Sunday morning, her session was heaving with enthusiastic festival-goers... a delight, and relief, for any Festival Director!”
Michaela Bolzan, Southern Highlands Writers' Festival.

Jesse was a thoughtful, engaging and generous panellist. It was clear she had prepared for her events and audiences were won over.”
Rosemarie Milsom, Newcastle Writers Festival.

Jesse Blackadder 2015