Book Launch of Jenni Heckendorf’s memoir Through the Years

Join us on the International Day of the Disabled Person for the launch of Jenni's memoir that has been 20 years in the making.

When:Tue, 3rd Dec

Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Where:153-11 University Avenue , Australian National University, Acton, 2601, AU

Child friendly?Yes!

Free event?Yes!

Tickets:Reserve your spot


Jenni moved to Canberra with her husband, David, in 1993. David gained entrance to study law at ANU, so to launch the book here on campus seems fitting. Initially they lived in the old Gowrie Hostel (Fenner Hall) and enjoyed the ANU student community. Over the years they became beloved members of the Canberra community, and well respected advocates for people living with disabilites, and advisors about their rights. Though they very recently moved to warmer climes, Canberra will never let them leave our hearts, and demanded they return for a launch back here.

Professor Donna Lee Brien from Central Queensland University writes of ‘Through the Years’ ‘This beautifully written memoir by Jenni Heckendorf reveals a woman with firm opinions, a warm sense of family and a keen sense of her own value. She has also lived with cerebral palsy her whole life. A must-read for anyone who has ever doubted the indomitability of the human spirit.’

You will meet a number of indomitable spirits in ‘Through the Years.’ It reflects on the innocence of growing up, on family, education and work, and falling in love. In reflecting on her life, Heckendorf also provides points of view not always recorded or heard about disability in Australia, from the 1960s on. It is moving and witty. And at it’s heart are stories of great love.

‘Through the Years’ was supported by an Australia Council Grant through Belconnen Arts Centre’s IGNITE Creative program. It is published by Ginninderra Press. It was written using eye-gaze control technology, where a camera tracks the writer’s eye movements. It’s cover is a sensual image of Jenni Heckendorf. It's slight blurriness reflects her movements. It was part of her final assessment at Art School.


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