Hello, I'm Jess Shelley.
I believe that possibility is more than true and hope can be found in the darkest of places.
I'm a children's storyteller, poet and hopeful health-care writing practitioner with an interest in psychology, fairy tales, mindfulness and myths.
I won the Write Mentor #WOWCON scholarship award in 2020 for my debut #ownvoices middle-grade portal-fantasy novel 'The Whispers of the Stars' which I hope to query soon.
I have been lucky enough to have had my work published in various different places (see publications). And was a runner-up for the Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award in 2018.
Currently, I am mentored by the wonderful Lee Weatherly for my children's novel. And I've previously been mentored by the lovely Ailbhe Darcy for my debut poetry collection, which I also hope to query in the future. ('Bluebeard's Daughter looks at the recovery journey from C-Trauma and how the intertwining of psychology, narrative psychotherapy, and fairy tales can help give language to experiences where language was absent before - lending a key out of the foggy box.)
I have a BA in English Literature & Creative Writing. And an MA in Creative Writing & Teaching (where I specialized in poetry and writing for wellbeing) from Cardiff University.
I was born and currently live in Shropshire with my spectacular fiance, family, and springer spaniel puppy Fynne - who we recently discovered loves to chomp on carrots.
Essay 'Send Out the Message' published in the Saved By the Page anthology curated by J.D Netto
Poems 'EDNOS,' 'My Body Became the Stem,' & 'Protection' published in the Metropolitan Volumes 1, 2 & 3.
Essay 'Appetite' published in the 2019 Dear Damsels anthology and online magazine.
'Returning' published as part of the 'Beyond the Pane' 2020 anthology where all proceeds go towards Platform - a mental health charity.
Write Mentor #WOWCON 2020 scholarship award winner for my debut #ownvoices middle-grade portal-fantasy novel 'The Whispers of the Stars.'