Lovely to meet you.
I’m Jo: a writer, editor, poet and chronic people pleaser based in Southampton, UK.
I pretty much write all, day, every day. I created jofisherwrites.com as a space to share my poems, opinion pieces, theatre and book reviews, and the odd piece on culture. I like to keep myself very busy; everything is a story, and I love to share them.
I’ve been writing and studying poetry for a number of years, and have been performing my own work at local open-mic poetry nights and events since January 2018.
I was a 2019 Hammer & Tongue National Slam finalist, competing in the National Finals in June at the Royal Albert Hall, after coming first in the Regional Finals in December 2018, after my fourth ever poetry performance!
In November 2018 I appeared on BBC Radio Solent, discussing my poetry and reading my work live on air, and in September 2019 I read Keats in a celebration of autumn on the same station. I was also a guest on my friend’s podcast series, Art & Stuff.
In December 2019 I ran a poetry workshop at the Ladies Wine and Design Southampton Christmas event, which received great feedback.
I’ve had my poetry published on websites such as Dear Damsels and Stylist.co.uk (I won their wedding poetry competition in 2018). I am also in print, in anthologies by Dear Damsels, and Brenda Magazine.
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.
I regularly share my poetry on my Instagram feed.
I love to write reviews of local theatre productions and touring shows. Performance and on-stage storytelling is a passion of mine and I really enjoy sharing my thoughts on and experiences of all sorts of shows; from musicals and ballet, to opera and drama.
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 and sharing my own experiences. You can read about that here.
All of the above is done in my spare time; I should probably mention that I write in my professional job, too! By day, I’m a Corporate Writer and Editor, 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 hearing about my career so far, and my current role, you can find me on LinkedIn.
I’m always reading and looking to fill up my shelves with new and exciting publications. You can find out what I’m currently reading on my social media feeds, and on my Goodreads profile. I review what I’ve been reading and share my thoughts on books here, too.
I’ve also written for other websites;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, and I am making steps towards that.
Other hobbies and loves of mine include visiting museums and art galleries, listening to music and binging on podcasts, films and media, art, and cooking (and eating!) new recipes.
You can usually find me reading or writing in a cafe somewhere, with a too-sweet mug of coffee and something tasty to snack on. Either that, or wandering around Southampton, looking for my next dose of culture.
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.