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Author Talk: Jessie Traill

Author Talk: Jessie Traill

Author Talks

Jessie Traill was an artist, traveller, humanitarian and independent spirit. Jessie developed her artistic skills from an early age. During World War I Jessie interrupted her career to work as a voluntary nurse in France, later raising funds for and revisiting war-torn Europe. She went on to become one of Australia’s most outstanding etchers, working in a field uncommon for women of her time.

Jessie Traill a biography book cover by Jo Oliver
1 / 3 events in this Author Talks series
Friday
6 March 2020 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Price

General Admission: $10.00
State Library Friends Members: Free

Location

Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

 

Author talk: Jessie Traill

With Jo Oliver

Jessie Traill was an artist, traveller, humanitarian and independent spirit. Jessie developed her artistic skills from an early age. During World War I Jessie interrupted her career to work as a voluntary nurse in France, later raising funds for and revisiting war-torn Europe. She went on to become one of Australia’s most outstanding etchers, working in a field uncommon for women of her time. In this talk, Jo Oliver will explore Jessie’s extraordinary life through diary extracts, descriptions of her world travels and personal letters.

 

Author Jo Oliver

 

Jo Oliver is a writer and printmaker. She holds a Master of Arts and has worked for many years in oral history and historical research. Four children’s picture books Jo wrote and illustrated have been published. Each of her books uses printmaking as an illustration medium and her love of the printmaking process was her initial connection with the work of Jessie Traill.

Jo received a Creative Fellowship from the State Library Victoria to research and write about Jessie Traill using her extensive papers held in the collection. Other sources included Tom Roberts collection and the Anderson papers from State Library of NSW. Jo travelled within Australia and to France and the United Kingdom to find out more about Jessie Traill’s life, meet people who knew her and see places she lived and worked. 

Jo has an ongoing interest in life stories and is currently researching a new biography about another Australian woman artist.

 


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