Hello Dreamers, I'm Jess.
I believe that possibility is more than true and hope can be found in the darkest of places.
My mission as a writer and creator is to lend a key to those in foggy boxes by explaining the unexplainable - the bloody chambers and shadows of the subconscious. And with hope, offering a glimmer like a shooting star for those who may venture into the night-sea journey. My writing tends to revolve around psychological and neurological transformation, the mythological, fantastical & fairy tale - experimenting and bending form to reflect the inner state.
As a child, I grew up on the shared vocal passing of bedtime tales and the rolling landscape of the Shropshire Hills. But recently, due to a hunger for words, I moved with my wonderful partner to the bustling city of Cardiff in Wales. Currently, I'm studying an MA degree in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. And have a previous BA degree in English literature & Creative Writing. My flash fiction piece, ‘Jumping over the Trampoline’ was published by Parthian Books in the Cheval 10 anthology and I've previously been a runner up for the Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award. Most recently, my essay entitled 'Appetite' (on finding a love of food again after an eating disorder) was published in the Dear Damsels anthology/web-magazine. Presently, I have abundant gratitude to be mentored by Lee Weatherly (Bestselling YA author of the Broken Sky trilogy) whilst writing my current WIP; a middle-grade fantasy novel that intertwines constellation mythology and astronomy. I'm also extremely lucky to be supervised by Wales Book of the Year Award poet Ailbhe Darcy, working on a collection of retellings interwoven with poetry that shows the complexity and recovery from trauma. Mirroring narrative psychotherapy it examines the reclaiming of our personal narratives & how we can help to untether those threads of voices not our own.
When I'm not writing or reading, I can be found swimming, walking in nature, seeking inspiration, singing, meditating, studying psychology or fairy tales, myths or stars.
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 by Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Essay 'Appetite' published in the Dear Damsels anthology and online magazine