About me

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Lovely to meet you.

I’m Jo: a writer, poet, editor, and chronic people pleaser based in Southampton, UK.

I write poems, opinion pieces, theatre and book reviews, and the odd piece on culture. I like to keep myself very busy; everything is a story.

My poetry

I’ve been writing poetry for a number of years, and have been performing it at local open-mic poetry nights since January 2018.

My proudest achievement so far? I was a 2019 Hammer & Tongue National Slam finalist, competing in the Finals in June at the Royal Albert Hall, after coming first in the Regional Finals in December 2018- only my fourth poetry performance!

Find out about my upcoming performances and appearances

I’ve also started my own poetry series, Honest Haikus, which you can find on my blog and on my Instagram feed.

In November 2018 I appeared on BBC Solent, discussing my poetry and reading my work live on air.

You can also hear me discussing all that inspires me on the Art & Stuff Podcast.



Winning the H&T Solent Poetry Slam first round, June 2018 (credit: H&T Solent)

Theatre reviews

I write theatre reviews, too! Performance is a passion of mine and I love seeing and sharing my thoughts on all sorts of shows; from musicals and ballet, to opera and drama.

I review productions on this website, and I am also a reviewer for BroadwayWorld.com, spreading my love of theatre further! You can see all of my reviews on the site on my BWW profile page.

Fancy a chat?

You can contact me directly about potential performance opportunities, blog collaborations, theatre reviews and more! Or, stop by my social media pages just to say hello and see what I’ve been up to.