About Jo

Jo Weston, Writer and Poet

Based in Nottingham, England, Jo is poet and writer of travel memoir and short fiction.

 

Employment

Jo studied drama at the University of Birmingham before working in publicity, marketing, ESOL/EFL teaching, on scripts and storylines for TV and theatre and as a copywriter and proofreader.

Published work

 

Jo's poetry, flash fiction and travel writing have been published in:

Between the Lines

Missing Pieces

Left Lion

Monster Anthology

Small Acts of Kindness

Our Beating Heart - NHS70

Crossroads Anthology

Fortunate Traveller

Nottingham Light Night Festival Guide

Radio interviews

Her work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio and she has appeared on BBC Radio Nottingham to discuss poetry, fiction, travel writing, film storylines and writing for wellbeing.

Competition Listings

Jo's poetry has been short and longlisted:

Bridport Prize for Poetry 2016 - Shortlisted

Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition 2017 - Longlisted

 

and she was selected as a Featured Poet in the ​Erbacce Prize for Poetry 2019 (see 'Upcoming' below).

Residencies and MA studies

In 2017, she became the first writer-in-residence at the Maggie's Centre, Nottingham and the following year, Jo graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University with a distinction, including for her short travel memoir on India, Turmoil in Tranquillity.

Non-fiction reading and fiction proofreading

Jo joined The Nasiona Magazine as a reader in March 2019, recording audio version's of other contributors work for The Nasiona Podcast Series (e.g. Deborah Elderhorst's memoir in episode 7) and led a beginner's travel writing workshop which she will be doing more of in 2020. 

Jo is also a freelance proofreader and copywriter, including proofreading fiction for Black Library, part of Games Workshop.

Latest...

January 2020 - Left Lion magazine (Issue #121)

Commissioned by Left Lion for their Snap Notts feature, Jo created the poem Hopos on the historic Hopkinson Vintage, Antiques and Arts Centre in Nottingham.

The piece is part of a collaboration with photographer, Thomas Griffiths, whose photos appear alongside the poem.

Jo's poem The Fawn and the Flea features in the Nottingham Light Night Festival Guide 2020, which can be purchased from the Nottingham Tourist Information Centre and Nottingham City Library.

Coming up...
April 2020 - Erbacce poetry journal

In 2019 Jo was selected, alongside the winner and three runners-up, from nearly 8,000 entrants to be one of four Featured Poets, in the Erbacce Prize. An interview and selection of her poems will be published in the poetry journal, Erbacce, in April. Individual copies and subscriptions to the journal can be ordered on Erbacce's website.

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