Book reviews and literature advocacy
I just can't stop talking about books. I've written reviews, articles, and essays for a range of print and online media outlets including Archer magazine, Books+Publishing, Kill Your Darlings, Viewpoint, and Crikey.
I've chatted about YA literature on ABC Radio National (Books and Arts), JoyFM (SciFi and Squeam), and at the Digital Writers' Festival. I've moderated panel discussions, refereed debates, and interviewed authors at the Melbourne Writers Festival, Australia's Reading Matters conference, and the National Young Writers' Festival.
I've also worked as a judge for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award (Writing for Young Adults category, 2018), the Aurealis Awards (children’s fiction category, 2014), and the Melbourne Library Service's Young Writers Award (2015 & 2016).
film reviews and scriptwriting
I have a passion for film, and have had my scriptwriting work selected as a finalist in the Conspiracy competition.
I've worked with Crawford Productions on a number of occasions, writing synopses and episode summaries for Acropolis Now, The Henderson Kids, and The Saddle Club.
My latest short story 'Sheer Fortune' will be published in September 2018 as part of the YA anthology Meet Me at the Intersection.
My current work-in-progress is a YA manuscript that explores queer identities, authenticity in the face of social norms, and activism as a method of social change. This project has been supported by a 2017 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship.
My short stories and creative non-fiction can also be found in the following printed anthologies:
- Materiality: Precious
'In a delightful piece, Jordi Kerr relates how J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings gave her the strength to be herself.' - Arts Hub
- Crank: Issue One
- Story To...: Issue One
I also have a number of zines loose in the ether of ephemera.
'My experience of Jordi Kerr as a chairperson/panel moderator has been exceptionally positive. Jordi chaired two panels of which I was a member for the 2013 Reading Matters conference, hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature.
Jordi was extremely well-prepared and initiated timely discussion via email of each panel's subject matter. In one panel the subject matter was political, in the other it was technical in nature. Jordi’s communications to panel members demonstrated the well-researched, thoughtful ground work she had done on both topics. This meant that when the panels started we were able to hit the ground running, because we’d already had productive 'warm up' exchanges.
On stage she is confident and well-prepared with a warm, relaxed manner. She moderates discussion with ease and fluency. All the support materials for the sessions were organised with plenty of advance notice. In each case, her hard work paid off with successful and lively panel discussions.'
- Fiona Wood, author
'I've been fortunate enough to be on a number of panels hosted by Jordi. I'm always impressed by her easy rapport with an audience and her gift for making panellists (many of whom are more at home staring at the page than being stared at by a large crowd) comfortable. A large part of this comes from the knowledge that Jordi is the sort of host whose research always goes beyond the obvious and that her questions will take a discussion into surprising, revealing and fascinating territory.'
- Myke Bartlett, author and journalist
'Working with Jordi is an absolute delight. She's thoughtful, well-prepared, well-informed, and takes excellent care of her panellists. She communicates clearly in advance, always takes the conversation to interesting places, and balances the discussion well. I'd recommend her as a chair or moderator without hesitation. I've worked with her several times, and when I see her name on the list, I simply relax -- I know everything will go smoothly.'
- Amie Kaufman, author
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