Meet Jessica White
10:30am to 11:30am
Young adults, Adults, Seniors
Join author Jessica White as she discusses her new book Hearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice, a work of creative non-fiction that details her experiences of deafness after losing most of her hearing at age four. It charts how, as she grew up, she was estranged from people and turned to reading and writing for solace, eventually establishing a career as a writer.
Central to her narrative is the story of Maud Praed, the deaf daughter of 19th Century Queensland expatriate novelist Rosa Praed. Although Maud was deaf from infancy, she was educated at a school which taught her to speak rather than sign, a mode difficult for someone with little hearing. The breakup of Maud’s family destabilised her mental health and at age 28 she was admitted to an asylum, where she stayed until she died almost 40 years later. It was through uncovering Maud’s story that Jessica began to understand her own experiences of deafness and how they contributed to her emotional landscape, relationships and career.
Books will be available for purchase on the night, or bring your copy from home for Jessica White to sign. To reserve your place, visit Eventbrite, or phone the library.
Bookings required. Phone Corinda Library on 07 3407 7701 to reserve your place.
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