Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish co-edited the 2009 Allen and Unwin anthology Your Mother Would Be Proud, with contributions from Tim Rogers, Jimmy Barnes, Julia Zemiro, The Chaser, Nick Earls, Angus Sampson and more. 

She has written two blogs – New Age Guinea Pig, in which she donated mind, body and spirit to pseudoscience; and Hey Man, Now You’re Really Living, in which she set herself the mission of doing something new every day for a year, from pro-wrestling, to jumping out a plane, to blowing shit up.

Her first novel, Cherry Bomb, is a teenage psychodrama set in the music industry.

Jenny is one of the team that made Amphlett Lane – named after Chrissy Amphlett – a reality in September 2014 and managed the first concert in the lane in November 2015. She is a board member of The Push, a non-profit music organisation that empowers young people through workshops, mentorships and gigs. 

Jenny’s Walkley-nominated research-memoir hybrid, Woman of Substances, which investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol. It will be published in the UK and US in 2018.

Jenny is a consultant for Australia’s National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, an ambassador for Monash University’s Brain & Mental Health Laboratory, and a board member of SMART Recovery Australia.

Saturday 10 August 4.45pm Strategem Studio SONGS SUNG