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. 









Published Works

  •  Essay 'Send Out the Message' published in the Saved By the Page anthology curated by J.D Netto 

  • Short Story 'Jumping Over the Trampoline' published in the Cheval 10 anthology by Parthian Books (runner up for the Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award.)

  • 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.' 

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