About Jo

Based in Nottingham, England, Jo is a writer of poetry, short fiction and memoir. She is also a proofreader, copywriter and social media content producer.


Published work


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

Wild Pressed Books (debut poetry pamphlet, How not to multitask)

Nottingham Poetry Festival (Live stream)

BBC Radio Nottingham (Broadcasts - see Interviews page)

Left Lion arts magazine (online and print)

My Three Words exhibition in Junction Goole's online gallery (text and audio)

Nottingham Light Night Festival Guide (online and print)

Fortunate Traveller (online)

erbacce Poetry Journal (print)

Between the Lines Anthology (print)

Missing Pieces Anthology (print)

Monster Anthology (print)

Small Acts of Kindness Anthology (print)

Our Beating Heart - NHS70 Anthology (print)

Crossroads Anthology (print)

Pandemic Poetry Anthology (print - and audio coming soon)

Radio and TV interviews

Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio, Notts TV and North Manchester FM. She has discussed poetry, fiction, travel writing, film storylines and writing for wellbeing.

Competition Listings

Jo's poetry competition listings include:

Bridport Prize for Poetry 2016 - Shortlisted

Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition 2017 - Longlisted

erbacce Prize for Poetry 2019 - Featured Poet

Residencies and Commissions

Throughout 2017, Jo was the first writer-in-residence at the Maggie's cancer care Centre in Nottingham, during which she wrote a series of poems on the services Maggie's provides and how they benefit it's users. Since then, Jo has written commissioned poems for Left Lion arts magazine and as part of the project My Three Words, run by IOU Theatre and Junction, Goole.

Find out more about Jo's poetry commissions under Writing Services.


MA in Creative Writing

In 2018 Jo graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University with distinction. She took options in poetry and fiction and her dissertation was on travel memoir.

Audio Reader

Jo joined The Nasiona 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). 

Find out more about Jo's audio reading under Writing Services.

Writing workshop facilitator

Jo led a beginner's travel writing workshop for the Creative Writing Group at Maggie's Nottingham in 2019 and an online therapeutic workshop 'A taste of travel writing' as part of the Shine Connect Conference for Shine Cancer Support in 2020. 

See Workshops page for details and participant feedback.