DR. JO-ANN SPARROW Author
Jo Sparrow is a writer, public relations professional, workshop facilitator, experienced Master of Ceremonies and speaker based in Ipswich, Queensland. She has completed a Doctor of Creative Arts, Masters of Public Relations and Bachelor of Arts (Journalism, Writing) and conducts workshops on memoir writing, adoption and using narrative writing to construct identity.
My Brilliant Failure
Your Story: Essential tools for beginner memoir writers
After Adoption in Perth
Writer - PR - Podcaster - Literary Events / In Conversations
Jo Sparrow has two decades experience in public relations and has worked as an educator, workshop facilitator, spokesperson, speaker, MC and host of literary events. Most recently, she managed literary and bookselling events and promotion for BOOK FACE bookstores (including partnerships with Ipswich Libraries and the University of Southern Queensland). She has acted as MC, facilitated workshops, written and delivered training, radio and television interviews and led literary in conversations with touring authors for Ipswich Libraries, Jigsaw Queensland, Queensland Writers Centre, RACQ and USQ. Some of the guests she has worked with include: Trent Dalton, Matthew Reilly, Glen McGrath, Adam Liaw, Candice Fox, Scott Stephens, Cathy McLennan, Sofie van Kempen, Jacqueline Harvey, Yvonne Gallagher, George Ivanoff, Cass Moriarty, Belinda Murrell, Peter Fitzsimons, Shelley Davidow, Frances Whiting, Nike Sulway, Kylie Kaden, Sandie Docker, Steve Mascord, Helene Young, Melissa Fagan, Kylie Chan, Samantha Wheeler, Nicole Alexander, and Mary-Rose MacColl. To enquire about these services for your event, please contact Jo on 0438 309 096 or email by clicking the button below.
This paper, published in TEXT Journal, discusses my quest for a narrative means to give voice to the story of my adoption. The memoir investigates the adoption wounds I sustained when separated at birth from my biological mother and was adopted three weeks later into a family with three existing biological children.
Even though I understood adoption had impacted my life, I remained uncomfortably silent on the subject for close to forty years. I was silent because I had no idea how to articulate my adoption experience. Words truly failed me. This paper, published in the Australian Journal of Adoption, discusses the literary journey of healing I undertook when I wrote my memoir, entitled 'Darling Adopted Daughter'.