Based in Nottingham, Jo is a copywriter, proofreader and writer of travel memoir, short fiction and poetry. he 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.
"The content piece Jo wrote for me was fantastic. I wish she'd worked on the project from the start. She is a very thorough writer and I'd love to work with her in the future."
- Timothy Malmros, Owner of Magenti Media AB.
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 and Fortunate Traveller, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio. She has appeared on Radio Nottingham many times to discuss poetry, fiction, travel writing, film storylines and writing for well-being.
In 2016, Jo's work was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for poetry and in 2017, longlisted in the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition in which year she also became the first Writer-in-Residence at the Maggie’s Centre, Nottingham.
Jo graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University with distinction in 2018, for which she wrote Turmoil in Tranquillity, a travel memoir on India.
In March 2019, Jo joined The Nasiona Magazine as a reader, recording audio version's of other contributors' work for The Nasiona podcast series (such as Deborah Elderhorst's memoir piece in episode 7, part 3). Jo has also led a travel writing workshop for the Creative Writing Group at Maggie's, Nottingham.
February 2020 - Left Lion magazine (Issue 122)
Commissioned by Left Lion magazine for their Snap Notts feature, Jo has written a poem on the historic Hopkinson Vintage, Antiques and Arts Centre in Nottingham. The poem will be published, along with photos by Thomas Griffiths, in the February 2020 issue of Left Lion.
April 2020 - Erbacce Journal (Issue 61)
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 2019. An interview and selection of her poems will be published in the April 2020 issue of the poetry journal, Erbacce.