stuff about me

Hello There

My name is Sally Jenkinson. I am a poet, writer and performer, now based in the Forest of Dean (and before that, Brighton, and before that, Bristol). But I grew up in Doncaster (South Yorkshire), where they say poem like this: ‘poym’.

I mostly write poetry and theatre, usually for live performance, but also for the page. My second short collection of poems, ‘Boys’ was published in May 2016 by Burning Eye Books. I run poetry and creative writing workshops for every kind of person, and I also facilitate sensory workshops for people with PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilites).

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

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.’’

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

In 2014 I toured Australia with my show ‘Folly‘, taking it to The Adelaide Fringe, with support 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. Imagine what happens when a grumpy yorkshire poet lady and a grumpy australian musician lady get together and write about travelling and heart break.

My second short collection ‘Boys’ was published last year by Burning Eye Books. You can read more about it, and even buy it, here…http://burningeye.bigcartel.com/product/boys.


I’ve performed at festivals all over Britain such as Womad, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree, Boomtown, Shambala, Sunrise, Cheltenham Poetry Festival and Bristol Poetry Festival. I ran a very lovely open mic night  in Bristol between 2010 and 2013 called Poetry Pulpit with Liz Greenfield, you can read more about it here.

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

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 (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 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 2013 she was awarded Bristol Poetry Festival’s ‘Poet of the Year’ award.

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.

Her second short collection ‘Boys’ was published in 2016 by Burning Eye Books. Of it, 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.’

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

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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