I write short stories and novels, mostly for young adults. My novels tend to be about teenagers on the brink of growing up and finding themselves, and usually involve weird other worlds and everyday teenage life – often at the same time. My favourite YA writers are David Almond, Meg Rosoff and Patrick Ness. I love magical realist writers such as Haruki Murakami, Andrew Kaufman, and Robert Shearman (who wrote my favourite episode of Doctor Who).
When I’m not writing I’m often making art, gardening, jam-making, reading or, walking. Music is important to me and I have a varied taste, from soul jazz to Boiler Room DJ sets.
My short stories have been published in print and online at Kasma SF, The Pygmy Giant, The Recusant, Dogmatika, and a few anthologies. My art has been exhibited in Dorset, Oxford, Somerset, Wiltshire, London, and Bath. I’ve won and been shortlisted for several writing competitions, and I’ve read stories at London’s Royal Festival Hall, in Dorset, in Wiltshire and on Frome FM radio. In 2014 I was a winner of the Porthleven Prize, leading to a writing residency in Cornwall and a touring art exhibition. In 2015 I won a SAW Creative Pathways bursary. My art usually mixes photography and text, and I like to collaborate with other artists too.
I’m proud to be a co-founder of Dorset’s hippest writing group, Storyslingers. We’ve organised Story Slams, author talks and even a geofiction exhibition (geofiction = maps of fictional places. I love them!) I get a buzz out of teaching writing to others, especially young writers. If you want me to come to your school/ youth club/ writing group let me know.
Jobs that I’ve had other than writing include digitising old photos of polar expeditions for Cambridge University, I’ve worked in a bookshop, a sweetshop, I’ve been a gardener and I’m currently a graphic designer (clients include Glastonbury Festival, Chris Bucklow and Liz Earle). In 2015 I moved out of the ramshackle cabin that I lived in for five years and moved to Frome. Now I live in an amazing mash-up of a 17th Century cottage and a sort of Grand Designs house.
Jennifer is represented by Becky Bagnell at Lindsay Literary Agency.