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Plant The Seed Writers' Retreat

Friday 11th-Monday 14th May 2018

Award-winning Australian author Jesse Blackadder will be teaching at Appleby House & Rabbit Island Huts from 11-14 May 2018. She will focus on transforming the essence of a fact (whether it be something in the writer’s own life, or a moment in history) into a compelling narrative.

Her latest novel 'Sixty Seconds' (2017) draws on her emotional experiences as a child after her sister Lucie drowned in the backyard swimming pool and reveals there is “a legacy in grief that is also about beauty.”

Blackadder’s previous novels 'Chasing the Light' (2013) and 'The Raven’s Heart' (2011) were inspired by historical events – telling, respectively, the stories of the first women to arrive in Antartica and the imagined past of one of her Blackadder ancestors in service to Mary Queen of Scots. The Raven’s Heart won the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Prize for Historical Fiction (USA). Proving she is a capable writer across several genres, Jesse has also published three junior novels: Dexter The Courageous Koala (ABC Books 2015), Paruku The Desert Brumby (2014) and Stay: The Last Dog in Antarctica (2013).

Kerry Sunderland will be hosting the retreat.


May 11–14


5pm Friday 11 May to 10am Monday 14 May


Richmond & surrounds


Appleby House & Rabbit Islands Huts
305 Redwood Rd, Rabbit Island 7081
On site parking available and airport transfers can be arranged

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

From $850 for three nights luxury accommodation, all meals, workshops, yoga classes and a private one-on-one session with Jesse Blackadder

Tickets from Ticketing Website


Ph. 027 205 9330

Additional Info

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