Lovely to meet you.
I’m Jo: a writer, editor, poet, artist and creator based in Southampton, UK.
I created Jo Fisher Writes in 2016 as a space to share my creative writing, non-fiction essays and reviews.
When I’m not wrangling with words, I enjoy dabbling in art, eating good food, going to the theatre, visiting galleries and soaking up local culture.
Poetry and performance
I’ve been performing my own work at poetry nights and events since January 2018.
A highlight of my poetry career so far involved performing at the Royal Albert Hall for Hammer & Tongue National Slam Finals, having come first in the Solent Regional Finals in December 2018.
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.
In April 2021 I won an artwork commission with local art and heritage venue, God’s House Tower. You can see my piece in GHT’s cafe space. Read more about my neon artwork on the GHT website.
View a full list of my past performances, and information about upcoming poetry events.
I’ve appeared on air a number of times and thoroughly enjoy chatting on the radio and on podcasts!
BBC Radio Solent
November 2018; September 2019; February 2021; March 2021; February 2022;
BBC Radio 4
March 2022 (Front Row)
I was also the host for the University of Southampton’s podcast series, Universi-tea, in 2020 and 2021.
Since spring 2017, I have been reviewing local, regional and national theatre productions. From 2018 until 2021 I was also a freelance regional reviewer for Broadway World UK. I have also written for WhatsOnStage.
You can also read more theatre reviews on this website.
I adore reading and am always adding to my TBR lists and filling up my shelves with new and exciting publications of all kinds.
You can usually find out what I’m currently reading on my social media feeds, and on my Goodreads profile.
Read more of my bookish posts.
I love sharing the lessons I’ve learned and my experiences in writing with others, and have led a number of workshops and sessions.
- October 2019 – two theatre-writing workshops with the Mayflower Young Writers and Artfulscribe with young people aged 11-18.
- December 2019 – a free poetry workshop at the Ladies Wine and Design Southampton Christmas Market
- January 2022 – Lunch & Learn: Copywriting session for Untapped Digital LTD
Whilst I’m a poet and creator in my spare time, I am a full-time copywriter and editor, and have also started taking on freelance copywriting work with a range of organisations.
If you’re interested in learning about my career so far, you can find me on LinkedIn.
Fancy a chat?
You can contact me directly about potential opportunities, collaborations, reviews, copywriting work and more.
Alternatively, stop by my social media pages and say hello!