Festival Program


Local Libraries: Helen Jukes

Fri 31 Aug, 6.30pm
Camberwell Library

UK author Helen Jukes has written a beautiful memoir A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings. After feeling trapped, disconnected and stressed through an urban grind of office politics, she opens up new perspectives in her world after being gifted a colony of honeybees. With Tessa Laird.

This session is free, but bookings are required.


1 hour



Session Artists

Helen Jukes is a writer, writing tutor and beekeeper. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Caught by the River, BBC Wildlife, Resurgence, The Junket and LITRO. She tutors on the creative writing programme at Oxford University, and also works with the Bee Friendly Trust, a London-based charity that promotes our understanding of honeybees.

Tessa Laird lectures in Critical and Theoretical Studies at the School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. A noted New Zealand art critic for over twenty years, Laird founded two important art magazines in the 1990s, Monica and LOG Illustrated, as well as contributing to countless catalogues, art journals and magazines. Her book A Rainbow Reader was published by Clouds in 2013, and her new book, Bat, has just been released by Reaktion as part of their celebrated Animal series.

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