Jessie Cole grew up in an isolated valley in Northern NSW, and lived a bush childhood of creek swimming and barefoot free-range adventuring. Her first novel Darkness on the Edge of Town was shortlisted for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal and longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award, and her work has also appeared in Best Australian Essays, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Island Magazine, The Lifted Brow, Good Weekend, Big Issue, and the Guardian. Her latest novel, Deeper Water, is 'a compelling examination of our relationship with nature' (ABR).