Upcoming Festival Appearances

Let me tell you about some of the exciting events I have coming up in the next 6 weeks. Firstly, I will be appearing at two events at the Queensland Poetry Festival and I’m so thrilled to not only be a part of the festival again, but to be sharing the stage with so many brilliant poets whom I admire and respect. The event details are below, stay tuned next week for a more detailed post on some of the (many) other QPF events I’m super excited for!

Queensland Poetry Festival: Saturday August 25, 12.30-1.30pm
Radical Imagination:
panel with RA Briggs, Alison Whittaker, and Tricia Dearborn
Is a better new world made more likely by having imagined its existence? Can utopian dreaming help us write into the future rather than against it? In the context of queer utopias, Bec Jessen leads this exploration of imagination as a radical act of healing.

Queensland Poetry Festival: Sunday August 26, 12-12.30pm
The Bachelorette: A Song Cycle: performance with Zenobia Frost
She’s just a girl in Uggs, standing in front of 22 men, asking them to love her. Rebecca Jessen and Zenobia Frost perform their 12-poem epic charting the highs and lows of Sophie Monk’s experience on The Bachelorette 2017. Who really pissed in Jarrod’s pot plant? Was Bardot’s hit Poison referring to toxic masculinity? Who wears the giraffe onesie when you airdrop a dad-millionaire? Watch what happens when two queer poets spend weeks tethering WiFi off their phones to watch a bunch of straight men play to win a woman’s heart. Bring a sick bag.


It’s definitely festival season in Brisbane. I will also be appearing at the Brisbane Writers Festival with esteemed Brisbanites Shastra Deo and Zenobia Frost. We will be on a panel talking all things poetry, the future, and possibly burgers.

Brisbane Writers Festival: Sunday September 9, 10-11am
The Dark and The Light: panel with Shastra Deo, and Zenobia Frost
Three of Brisbane’s leading poets bring to light the contrasting moods in each other’s works. Inspirational, complex, dark, and also vibrant and light, these artists share their insights.


Finally, to round off a busy 6 weeks, I’ll be appearing at the National Young Writers Festival in Newcastle at the end of September. This will be my first time as an artist and attendee of the festival and I cannot wait to spend the weekend by the beach, amongst an amazing bunch of writers. Stay tuned for details of my events after the official program launch on August 31.

National Young Writers Festival: Thursday September 27 – Sunday September 30

Hope to see some of you there!

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Published by becjessen

Rebecca Jessen lives in Brisbane. She is the award-winning author of verse-novel Gap (UQP 2014). Rebecca is the winner of the 2015 QLD Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award. Her book Gap was shortlisted for the 2015 Sisters In Crime Davitt Award for Best Debut Book. In 2013 Rebecca won the Queensland Literary Award for Best Emerging Author. In 2012 she won the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award. Rebecca’s writing has been published in Overland, Meanjin, Going Down Swinging, The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, Mascara Literary Review, Tincture Journal, Verity La, Voiceworks and more. Rebecca is currently studying her Honours in Creative Writing at QUT.

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