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.
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 Snakes’ Shake 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 work has been featured by Obsessed with Pipework, Route (Born in the 1980s), Now Then Manchester Magazine, The Ted Hughes Poetry Festival Anthology (2016), Wordlife Poetry Anthology (2016), These Poets Our Kin / These Poems Our Stories (2017) exhibition, #Metoo Anthology (Fairacre Press 2017) and The Morning Star.
She has published two short collections ‘Sweat-borne Secrets’ (2012) and ‘Boys’ (2016) with Burning Eye Books.
Her show ‘Folly’ won and Artists International Development Grant in 2013 from Arts Council England and The British Council to tour Australia in 2014. She is a regular performer at festivals such as Glastonbury, WOMAD, Larmer Tree Festival, and Boomtown, and has curated the poetry stage at Shambala Festival since 2012. She was recently commissioned to write and record and piece for BBC Introducing’s Massive Attack Reinterpreted project.
She is currently preparing to tour her new show ‘Like The Water’, developed during her time as writer-in- residence at the Gunnar Gunnarson Institute in Iceland in 2016.
Praise for Boys (2016 Burning Eye Books) ‘…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.’ – Ian Parks
‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org