stuff about me

Hello There

My name is Sally Jenkinson. I am a poet, writer and performer based in the beautiful Forest of Dean (before that, Brighton, before that, Bristol). I grew up in Doncaster in God’s own county of Yorkshire, where we say poem like this: ‘poym’.

I mostly write poetry, but also some theatre, short stories and creative non-fiction.

I am working on a new collection, Sensory, exploring the experience of being a support worker.

I am also an outreach support worker for young people with learning disabilities, and I curate sensory storytelling and sensory poetry sessions for people with PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities). I am passionate about facilitating access to arts and creativity for people with learning disabilities. I also facilitate poetry and creative writing workshops for all ages and abilities.

My second short collection of poems, Boys, was published in May 2016 by Burning Eye Books. You can read more about it, or even buy it, here.

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Here are some other things that you might like to know about me. Or maybe not, but here they are in any case:

I recently produced this commission for BBC Introducing’s Massive Attack Reinterpreted project:

 

I’ve also performed at lots of lovely UK music festivals – Glastonbury, Womad, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree, Boomtown, Shambala, Sunrise, Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Bristol Poetry Festival, Tongue Fu and Hammer & Tongue.

I work as poetry programmer at Shambala Festival, and also in the past for Boomtown Festival. You can read more about that here.

My second short collection, Boys, was published in 2016 by Burning Eye Books.
Jenkinson is known primarily as a performance poet, but these poems repay a close reading and attention that wouldn’t usually be expected from poems written for the stage. There’s a precision, an ear for the rhythm of language, and an idiosyncratic way of looking at and responding to the world that lifts these poems from the page and prints them indelibly on the memory of the reader. The fine line between the poem as something to be read aloud in public and something to be enjoyed in private is walked here, and it lends a tension to the collection which makes it compelling.‘ –Ian Parks, Doncopolitan Magazine

In 2014 I toured Australia with my show ‘Folly’, taking it to The Adelaide Fringe, with the supportof a lovely grant from Arts Council England and The British Council. It was a piece of spoken word with a fully scored guitar accompaniment by excellent musician (and excellent human) Nuala Honan.

I was awarded Bristol Poetry Festival’s 2013 Poet of the Year award.

My debut collection of poems, Sweat-borne Secrets, was released in 2012 through very wonderful indie publishing house Burning Eye Books. Poet Kate Fox said it is “…sensuous, surreal, bold and beautiful, Sally’s image-filled poems spill gloriously across the page. Often, a line will leap out and squeeze you by the throat.’’

In 2012, I was very proud to be a poet coach for Apples and SnakesShake the Dust Project. And in 2013 and 2014 I was very proud to lead workshops on Somerset-wide, brand shiny new art project WORD/PLAY with charity Take Art. Have a peep, it really was something else.

I run poetry, creative writing and performance workshops for schools, youth groups, community arts projects, and anywhere else that you can possibly imagine a poetry workshop being useful. If you want me to do that for you, please get in touch. I’ve got what feels like several million enhanced DBS checks, for working with children and vulnerable adults.

And here’s some of that in the third person, incase you are here to cut and paste for gig promo (and thank you!):

Sally Jenkinson is a poet who lives and works in The Forest of Dean, but she grew up in Doncaster (South Yorkshire), where they say poem like this: poym.

Her second short collection, Boys, was published in 2016 by Burning Eye Books. The poet Ian Parks said: ‘…these poems repay a close reading and attention that wouldn’t usually be expected from poems written for the stage. There’s a precision, an ear for the rhythm of language, and an idiosyncratic way of looking at and responding to the world that lifts these poems from the page and prints them indelibly on the memory of the reader.’

Her debut collection of poems, Sweat-borne Secrets, was released in 2012 through very wonderful indie publishing house Burning Eye Books. Kate Fox said it is “…sensuous, surreal, bold and beautiful, Sally’s image-filled poems spill gloriously across the page. Often, a line will leap out and squeeze you by the throat.’’

In 2014 she toured Australia, where she took her show, Folly, to The Adelaide Fringe, with support from Arts Council England and The British Council.

She has performed at festivals and lovely poetry events all over Britain such as Glastonbury, Womad, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree, Boomtown, Shambala, Sunrise, Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Bristol Poetry Festival, Tongue Fu and Hammer & Tongue.

‘Northern love/loss/laughter poems that sound like they should be written in empty chip paper and thrown at you from the top of the night bus.’ – Tongue Fu

If you’d like to contact me, my email address is sallyjenkinsonpoetry@gmail.com

 

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2 thoughts on “stuff about me

  1. Hi Sally,

    I am currently studying a Masters in Cultural Geography at the University of Bristol. Over the summer I am required to complete a dissertation for which I decided to research the performance od spoken word poetry.

    My research will involve in-depth ethnographic research and several interviews with those involved and performing spoken word. Therefore, I was wondering if you would be available for a chat at some point ?

    I will look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,
    Ciara Merrick

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