This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 261  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Film & TV
From the outside, newsreader Jessica Rowe appeared to have it all. Yet as her brutally honest memoir, Is This My Beautiful Life?, reveals, beneath the shiny surface her life was unravelling, from the professional humiliations that played out in the media, including the infamous ‘boning’ incident, to the gut-wrenching toll of IVF and the sucker punch of post-natal depression. Jessica talks to Meredith Jaffé about the burden of having impossible standards and the euphoria of letting them go.

Sunday 22 May 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pier 4/5 The Waterfront, End of Pier 4/5, Walsh Bay

Jessica Rowe (Australian)

Jessica Rowe is a broadcaster and writer who, in a career spanning over twenty years, has worked at all the major Australian commercial television networks. She is currently a presenter on Channel 10’s morning show, Studio 10. Jessica is patron of the Mental Health Council of Australia and an ambassador for beyondblue. In 2015 she was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for her long commitment to mental health advocacy and her broadcasting career. Her new memoir is Is This My Beautiful Life?.

Meredith Jaffé (Australian)

Meredith Jaffé is a freelance writer and regular book critic for The Guardian Australia. For four years she wrote the weekly literary column ‘The Bookshelf’ for the online women’s magazine The Hoopla; sharing literary news, reviewing books and interviewing writers. Meredith has chaired panels, presented workshops and interviewed fellow writers for various literary events and writers’ festivals. As a keen believer in the power of literacy, Meredith volunteers at The Footpath Library as the Ambassador Program Coordinator and manages their annual EPIC! writing competition for school children. Her first novel, The Fence, will be published by Pan Macmillan in September 2016.



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