News: What I’m Up To

Notes from a Shipwreck reviewed in Poetry Book Society Autumn Bulletin 2020

Busy September

Enjoyed recent adventures to Swansea to read at the Elysium Gallery alongside Rhian Edwards

Performed with Julia Webb – fellow Nine Arches poet at the Belfry in Cromer

Wonderful Symposium on Women Poetry and Place alongside Clare Shaw and Emily Hasler (chaired by Natalie Burdett)

Excellent Hastings Lit Fest where I read and talked with John McCollough and Freddie Lewis.

Out and About in October 22

Friday 7th October: Open Mic with Edward Thomas Festival Poets at Petersfield Museum. 

Saturday 8th October 2022: Poetry Brunch for Edward Thomas Festival at Petersfield Museum.

Tuesday 12th October 2022: London Launch of Notes from a Shipwreck and Manland by Peter Raynard: hosted by Jill Abram at the Wheatsheaf Inn near Tottenham Court Road. 7pm 

Saturday 22nd October and 23rd October 2022: Sylvia Plath Festival (reading and panel discussions). 

Tuesday 25th October 2022 : Tunbridge Wells Launch of Notes from a Shipwreck @ Tunbridge Wells Waterstones 7pm contact me for details free. 

Tigress is Shortlisted for the Ledbury-Munthe Poetry Prize for Best Second Collection.

Prize Giving Ceremony – Ledbury Munthe Poetry Prize for Second Collections

Highly Commended in 2020/1 Forward Prize: Best Single Poem

Reading at Edward Thomas Festival October 2021

Jessica is performing alongside Aviva Dautch, Sasha Dugdale, Stephanie Norgate and Gillian Clarke in a evening of poetry and music in response to the poem ‘Roads’. It looks to be a magical evening.

Hastings Literature Festival September 2021

Talking about Myths and Identity at Hastings Lit Fest.

I’m at Poetry Aldeburgh : with Jenny Wong, L.Kiew and Sue Wallace-Shaddad

on the 14th November 2020 at 5pm : Talks and Readings on Languages and Place.

I’m in the Bloodaxe Anthology! Staying Human.

During the Pandemic…March to October

Lots of Gigs were cut but luckily I got to perform and read via Zoom in a number of places and saved petrol. A few good pod casts – I will post links to them soon.

I’m in Seasonal Candlestick Press Poems for Cards : Spring Issue and … Christmas Issue

get them – they are lovely!

April 2020

April 13th I’m with Tom Sastry at an event called Made UP

at the Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol

March 2020

March 4th I’m reading with Jacqueline Saphra and Julia Webb (MUSES AND FURIES) Muses and Furies at the Poetry Library

March 7th I’m in Trowbridge Poetry Stanza

March 19th I’m reading at PIG HOG in Brighton

and a number of poet friends are launching their work:

Robin Houghton, Jane Burn, Sian Thomas.

February 2020

CRASH#2 Cardiff

Mathew Haigh and Alex Turner organised a great poetry evening where I read with superb poets and an open mic. Liked being billed as Avant Garde. Read with Peter Daniels and Thomas Stewart. Gorgeous Men.


January 2020

I was invited to the Poetry Cafe in London for the Poetry Shuffle. I was also invited to be a Board member for the Poetry Society. Hope I can be of some help.


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