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 reviews and the odd piece on culture. I like to keep myself very busy; life is for living, and everything is a story.

My poetry

I have been performing my poetry at local open-mic poetry nights since early 2018, and I will be competing at the Hammer & Tongue National Slam Finals in 2019 after coming first in the Regional Finals in December 2018 – only my fourth poetry performance!

You can find out where I’m performing next over on my Twitter profile.

In the past, I’ve performed at:

  • Write a Note Open Mic, Southampton
  • Hammer and Tongue, first round and Regional Finals
  • Apples and Snakes 451 Open Mic, Nuffield Southampton Theatre
  • The Front Room’s International Women’s Day fundraiser, Hunter Gatherer, Southsea

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

In 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.