About me

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I’m Jo: a writer, editor, poet 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, and I love to share them.

I’m most often found with my nose in a book or working away on my latest piece in the nearest cafe, drinking a latte with too much sugar.

Sometimes you can catch me on stage, too.

Poetry

I’ve been writing poetry for a number of years, and have been performing it 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!

Find out about my upcoming performances

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 Radio 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.

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Theatre reviews

I love to write reviews of local theatre productions and touring shows. 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 here, but I am also a regional reviewer for BroadwayWorld.com! You can see all of my reviews on the site on my BWW profile page.

Anything else?

I’ve mentioned my love of books already; 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.

My writing sometimes extends to thought and opinion features, exploring anything from dating and comfort zones, to failure, and mental health. One of my 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, calligraphy, excessive scrolling on social media and amateur photography. Currently, I have a penchant for rhubarb gin and eighties music, and am discovering the joy of dating myself.

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. You can probably hunt me down on LinkedIn if you fancy finding out more about that.

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 see what I’ve been up to.