Jesse has appeared in international and Australian literary festivals as a panelist, solo presenter, chairperson, workshop leader and childrens’ presenter.

"Jesse was one of our most featured writers at the inaugural 2014 Aust and NZ Festival of Literature 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, history, travel 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. It takes confidence and skill to do this: Jesse has both. And she makes people laugh. Audiences adored her.” - Jeni Caffin, Byron 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 captivated a mixed 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 defintely created a buzz amongst festival patrons. Overall she drew five stars in all our evaluations.” - Ann-maree Ellis, Write Around the Murray.

“Jesse’s contribution to our session on Australians writing about the Antarctica was fascinating and inspiring. And despite being first up on an early Sunday morning, it was heaving with enthusiastic festival goers…” - Michaela Bolzan, Southern Highlands Writers' Festival.

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