Carolyn Jess-Cooke is a poet, novelist, editor, and academic. Her next book (published as CJ Cooke), I Know My Name, will be published by HarperCollins (UK) in June 2017, Grand Central Publishing (USA) in January 2018 and in several other languages. The recipient of a K Blundell Award from the Society of Authors, the novel is being made into a 6-8 part TV drama.
Carolyn’s previous works include the novels The Boy Who Could See Demons (2012), which was critically appraised by The New York Times, The Guardian, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and The New York Review of Books, and The Guardian Angel’s Journal (2011), which was published in 23 languages and which was an international bestseller. Her poetry collections include Boom! (2014) and Inroads (2011), which received a number of prizes, including the Society of Authors’ Eric Gregory award, a Tyrone Guthrie Prize, a Major Arts Council of England Award, and was shortlisted for the New London Poetry Prize. She has also won a Northern Writer’s Award three times in both fiction and poetry categories, and has been placed in both the Cardiff International Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Competition.
In addition, Jess-Cooke has served in editorial and advisory roles for Mslexia, Literature Wales, the Arts Council of England, the National Association for Writers in Education, and was recently Poet in Residence at the Northern Poetry Library. In 2013, she founded the Writing Motherhood project, resulting in a tour and an anthology which was published in 2017. She has appeared at numerous literary festivals, including The Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Sydney Writer’s Festival, Birmingham Literature Festival and Durham Book Festival. She also teaches and mentors for groups such as Cuckoo Young Writers and New Writing North, and has been published in The New Statesman, Poetry Review, Ambit, Poetry London, and Litro.
Carolyn holds a PhD in film adaptations of Shakespeare and was an established film academic before turning to novels and poetry, with four books published on the themes of films sequels, Shakespeare, and literary adaptation. She is currently Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, where she teaches on the prestigious MLitt programme and leads research on creative writing for mental health.
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