25th - 27th August 2017
Power, Politics, Passion

Jean Kittson

Canberra Writers Festival events - host

Girls Night In: Live and Dangerous

Sunday 27th August 2017, 7:00pm. Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University.
Tickets: Adult $38.25; Concession $33.15; Junior $22.45; Duo (admits two) $67.30

 

Jean Kittson is a performer and scriptwriter for stage, television, radio, magazines and newspapers.

Jean came to national attention on 'The Big Gig'. Followed by Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, Good News Week, the Glasshouse, Flat Chat, The Einstein Factor, Media Dimensions, Strictly Speaking, Talking ’Bout Your Generation, Studio Ten, the Today Show and she is also well known for her comedy debates for the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel Ten.

At the moment she is featuring in the pilot comedy programme Bleak, for ABC TV.

She has been a regular columnist with New Weekly, Sunday Telegraph, the Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney Magazine, Inspire Magazine, the Readers Digest Health Smart magazine and The Hoopla. She is the author of Tongue Lashing, published by Penguin. Her film credits include Hating Alison Ashley and The Nugget. Her theatre work includes Mum’s the Word, Calendar Girls, Siren, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

She is a regular panellist on ABC 702 radio drive programme, Thank God It’s Friday. She has conversed on Conversations with Richard Fidler twice.

Jean is an experienced MC, keynote speaker, panellist, debater and facilitator of conventions, conferences, award nights and other after dinner frolics, in corporate, government and community arena. 

She was a founding Director of the National Cord Blood Bank, the inaugural Chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AGCF) and a founding Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia. She is currently an Ambassador for The Macular Disease Foundation, Northcott Disability Services, The Raise Foundation, Taldumande Youth Services and the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. She is the Patron of Junction Works and most recently she has been appointed the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.

As an advocate for women’s health issues, she was invited to speak about her experiences of menopause at the National Press Club. This lead to her recently published book, “You’re Still Hot To Me. The Joys of Menopause.” (Pan Macmillan) 

“Informative, accurate, funny and just so accessible. I love it and finally have the definitive book to recommend to my patients.” - Dr Penny Adams, GP and medical media advocate for women’s health.

Jean is married to cartoonist and political satirist Patrick Cook. She is the mother of two daughters, Victoria, 25, and Charlie, 18.

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