Based in Nottingham, England, Jo is poet and writer of travel memoir and short fiction.
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.
Between the Lines
Small Acts of Kindness
Our Beating Heart - NHS70
Nottingham Light Night Festival Guide
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.
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.
January 2020 - Left Lion magazine (Issue #121)
The piece is part of a collaboration with photographer, Thomas Griffiths, whose photos appear alongside the poem.
February 2020 - Nottingham Light Night Guide
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.