Rebecca Jessen

East Toowoomba, Queensland


Growing up in south-western Sydney, Rebecca was not encouraged to read at home – “I guess my mum was never encouraged to read, so this was passed on. I had to nurture the love of books myself.” At 21, Rebecca moved to Brisbane to pursue a literary career and study creative writing. She went on to win the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award in 2012 and the Queensland Literary Award for Best Emerging Author in 2013 for Gap, and has since been nominated for several young writer and crime writing awards. The grant is helping her to complete a memoir of her teenage years: “This recognition means a lot as writing can feel like an invisible pursuit. It’s a validation.”