Literary Profile

Jo’s work has appeared on The RTE Christmas Poetry Programme, RTE Arena and the Irish Poetry Archives. 

She has recently been engaged throughout Germany and Ireland discussing the semantics of Brexit (and its associated language), as a Northern Irish (British/Irish) writer who grew up pre-Good Friday Agreement.

Journals that feature her work include Oxford Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry News (Poetry Society), Southword, Magma, Acumen, The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine, The Ogham Stone, Poetry Salzburg Review among many others. 

She won the Magma Poetry Competition 2018, the Irish Writers Festival Shirley McClure Prize, the Eyewear Fortnite Christmas Poetry Prize, the Wild Word New Irish Writing in Germany Award and the Poetry Society Members “Truth” competition. 

She has been runner up and/or commended in the Strokestown International Poetry Prize, Interpreters House Poetry Prize, Bridport Prize, Plough Poetry Prize, Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Prize, Mairtin Crawford Award, Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. She was one of Eyewears Best New British and Irish Poets 2017.

She has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award.

Her books have been positively reviewed in Poetry Ireland Review, Sphinx Reviews/Happenstance, Dublin Review of Books, Magma, the Bangor Literary Journal, and the Galway Advertiser.

Past Readings:

Irish Literary Festival, Hamburg, March 2017 (with Michael Augustine, Matthew Sweeney, Terry McDonagh)

Eyewear Best New British and Irish Poets 2017, London. April 2017.

Belfast Book Festival, June 2017 (The Squat Pen with Matthew Rice, Joan Newmann)

London Review Bookshop, March 2018.

Magma Competition Reading, Keats House London, April 2018

Strokestown festival, Ireland May 2018.

Irish Writers Centre, Dublin November 2018.

The future of Europe. Miltenberg Bücherei. March 2019

Poets Abroad (An Irish Connection), Essex, June 2019

Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy, NI.. August 2019

Galway Over the Edge, Ireland. August 2019.

No Small Talk. Irish Writers Group. Dublin. November 2019 (with Bobby McDonagh, Evelyn Conlon and Carlo Gebler)

Staccato Literary Salon. Dublin. November 2019. (with Annemarie Ni Churreain, Anne Griffin, Anne Walsh Donnelly and David Butler)

UCD Irish Poetry Archives. November 2019.