About Jo

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


Published work


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

Left Lion

Fortunate Traveller

erbacce Poetry Journal

Between the Lines

Missing Pieces


Small Acts of Kindness

Our Beating Heart - NHS70


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 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 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/poetry reading, travel writing workshops

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 hopes to do more of in 2020.

Latest news!

July 2020:
Debut pamphlet How not to multitask to be published next year
Jo's first poetry pamphlet How not to multitask will be published by Wild Pressed Books in May 2021. This pamphlet explores the difficulty of juggling ‘normal life’ with extenuating circumstances and, subsequently, the struggle to conceive a 'new normal' which can enable the two outlooks to live side by side.
Keep up to date on the latest news by following @JoWestn and @Wildpressed on Twitter or by checking back here or on wildpressedbooks.com for updates.
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