Lovely to meet you.
I’m Jo: a writer, editor, poet and creator based in Southampton, UK.
I created jofisherwrites.com as a space to share my poems, thought pieces, theatre and book reviews, creative writing and the odd article on culture.
I’m always busy writing, reading, or exploring the city I’ve called home for over a decade. I’m a huge advocate for the city of Southampton and am continually finding new spaces, re-visiting favourites, and sharing what I enjoy. I’ve written about my affection for this city in the past.
As well as words, I am a lover of art; I dabble in painting, sketching and calligraphy, and am always keen to visit new exhibitions or hunt down public art displays.
Other hobbies include listening to music, binging on podcasts, films and media, and cooking (and eating!) new recipes.
Poetry and performance
I’ve been writing and studying poetry for a number of years, including as part of my degrees, and have been performing my own work at poetry nights and events since January 2018.
In June 2019 I performed at the Royal Albert Hall for Hammer & Tongue National Slam Finals, having come first in the Solent Regional Finals in December 2018.
In July 2020 my poetry was featured in Locked Write Down; a charity anthology of poetry written in lockdown, which raised money for Black Minds Matter and NHS Charities Together.
In April 2021 I won an artwork commission with local art and heritage venue, God’s House Tower. After working with the team on the visual design, and winning the public vote, a line of my poetry will be installed in GHT’s cafe space. Read more about my neon artwork on the GHT website.
I’ve had my poetry published on websites such as Dear Damsels, MishMash and Stylist.co.uk (winner of their 2018 wedding poetry competition). I am also in print, in anthologies by Dear Damsels, and Brenda Magazine.
Appearances on air
November 2018 – BBC Radio Solent – performing and discussing my poetry live on air.
December 2018 – guest appearance on Amy Harwood’s podcast series, Art & Stuff
September 2019 – BBC Radio Solent – performing my own poetry and reciting Keats in a celebration of autumn.
February 2021 – BBC Radio Solent – performing a love poem to the city of Southampton, on behalf of the University of Southampton
March 2021 – BBC Radio Solent – performing a poem I wrote especially for the station about one year of pandemic lockdowns.
Since April 2020 I have also been the host for the University of Southampton’s podcast series, Universi-tea. Listen to all our episodes.
Since spring 2017, I have been reviewing local, regional and national theatre productions. Performance and on-stage storytelling is a passion of mine and I love sharing my thoughts on and experiences of all sorts of shows, from musicals and ballet to opera and drama.
You can also read more theatre reviews on this website.
Ever since I was able to string a sentence together, I’ve had my nose in a book. I adore reading and am always adding to my TBR lists and filling up my shelves with new and exciting publications.
I enjoy sharing the lessons I’ve learned and my experiences in writing with others, and have participated in a number of workshops and sessions.
In December 2019 I ran a poetry workshop at the Ladies Wine and Design Southampton Christmas event, which received great feedback.
In October 2019 I ran two theatre reviewing workshops with the Mayflower Young Writers, teaching young people aged 11-18 how to start writing theatre reviews. You can read about that in this blog post.
All of the above is done in my spare time! I am employed full-time, as a Corporate Writer and Editor. My work involves creating articles and features on research and education, interviewing exciting people and working on tone-of -voice, style, and brand. I am also a podcast host!
If you’re interested in learning about my career so far, you can find me on LinkedIn.
I’ve also written for other websites, and dabble in commissions . Here’s an article I wrote on Penned in the Margins, a cutting-edge, creative publisher. I am always open to new opportunities when it comes to words!
My writing sometimes extends to thought and opinion features, exploring anything from dating and comfort zones, to failure and mental health. One of my life goals is to see my writing in any one of my favourite magazines, or to publish my poetry or non-fiction work in a book.
Fancy a chat?
You can contact me directly about potential performance opportunities, blog collaborations, book and theatre reviews, and more.
Alternatively, stop by my social media pages just to say hello and follow me to see what I get up to every day.