Like The Water

Like The Water

I am currently developing my new show ‘Like The Water’ with music and composer Nuala Honan. You can read about it here as it develops. I have included photos and a blurb below. April 2018 saw our first public scratch at The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol where we received valuable audience feedback to bring back to our development process. We are actively looking for a producer. If you would love to discuss the development of the show with us, please drop me a line on Thanks!


LIKE THE WATER (show) – Homesick Productions Press Pack

Later I Am Talking To A Boy And

I do not say
that I am hot and swollen all time
with anger and love,
that I cannot forgive you

for leaving me here
to go to parties on my own
and hide in the room with the coats
because it was always you
that did the talking.

Bee’s sister is dead. But she’s still got a lot of things she wants to say to her. Plus, there isn’t really anyone else to talk to when you’re a teenage girl and you live a seaside town in the north of England which is twinned with The End of The World.

Sally Jenkinson and Nuala Honan (Homesick productions) are currently developing their new show, Like The Water. It is a poetic, musical journey through grief, adolescence. sexuality, and the enduring, transformative love which can exist in all kinds female relationships.

The show is built from Sally Jenkinson’s poetic novella Like The Water, forthcoming from Burning Eye books, and written whilst she was Artist in Residence at The Gunnar Gunnarson Institute in Iceland. Alongside Nuala Honan’s improvised sonic landscape, using an electric guitar and a whole mess of pedals and wires and weird and gorgeous sounds.


Homesick Production’s previous show, Folly, toured the UK in 2013 and then won an Artists International Development Grant from Arts Council England and The British Council to tour Australia, and run for two weeks at the Adelaide Fringe, in 2014.

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Trailer for Folly:
Praise for Folly:

‘There is a visceral sense of authenticity which draws the listeners further into the world.’ – 4 **** Krystoff Magazine (AUS)

‘Jenkinson’s words offer many lyrical highlights, painting some appealing and vivid images along the way… Honan’s inspired playing ranges from the lightest of touches to driving rhythms that match the vocals for power. It’s also quite lovely to look at; inexplicably visually lush.’ – Rip It Up Magazine (AUS)

‘The poetry, from Sally Jenkinson, a Yorkshire wordsmith with an endearingly idiosyncratic style, riffs on the impulse to flee… Behind and around it is an impressive and powerful soundscape from Nuala Honan, a dynamo solo artist in her own right. With all the taught energy of a caged musical lioness her harmonies, rhythms and percussions provide an atmospheric backing that conveys all the barely contained emotions of the jilted lover, the lost soul, the wondrous traveller, the jaded backpacker’s despair and the explosive joy of a new resolution.’ – Talk Fringe Reviews, Adelaide Fringe (AUS)

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Tour dates for October readings

I’m doing seven lovely readings around the country in October, detail below. Come along if there’s one in your area (and if you like poems!).

Tuesday 3rd October – Hackney Hammer & Tongue @ The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH London

Wednesday 4th October – Bristol Hammer & Tongue @ Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, BS1 5DQ Bristol

Thursday 5th October – Brighton Hammer & Tongue @ Komedia, Gardener Street, Brighton

Friday 6th October – Cambridge Hammer & Tongue @ Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, CB1 7GX Cambridge

Saturday 7th October – Cheltenham Lit Crawl 5pm @ Waterstones Cheltenham…around-town-2/lit-crawl

Tuesday 10th October – Oxford Hammer & Tongue @ The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ

Wednesday 11th October – Southampton Hammer &Tongue @ The Arts House, 178 Above Bar Street, SO14 7DW, Southampton


Sally Jenkinson 2015 photo credit Tilly May

Brighton Poem-A-Thon

Hohoho etc. Brighton Poem-A-Thon will be my last reading of the year. Me and 59 other poets! Raising money for The School Bus Project & Refugee council. Brighton folks! Its 12 noon til 10pm THIS Sunday 11th Dec. FREE ENTRY! Please come down and support us. DETAILS HERE:

YOU CAN STILL DONATE TO MY JUST GIVING PAGE! I’m at £460, and I would LOVE to make it £500 before Sunday!


Raising money for the Refugee Council and the School Bus Project for refugee, sixty poets from Brighton and Hove, young and old, peaceful and wild, are taking to the stage to say something and do something.

Poets, whose job is to speak, have decided to speak up and put your money where their mouth is. There is good work to be done and inspiration to be shared along the way.


‘Boys’ review // BBC show // news


This week I was thrilled to receive a copy of the September issue of the very beautiful Doncopolitan magazine, with a lovely review of my recent poetry collection ‘Boys’ by Ian Parks, a poet who I very much admire.



At the end of last month, I also wrote and performed a commission for BBC South West as part of their Massive Attack Re-interpreted show at The Cube in Bristol. It was all a bit of a rush to meet the deadline, so I wouldn’t say its a piece that stands up to much scrutiny (!) but I very much enjoyed writing something for such a big occassion and of course I love any chance to celebrate Bristol’s cultural history. You can listen HERE to my piece and to the whole show, which included brilliant artists such as ThisisDA, Kayla Paynter and Stephanie Kempson.


This Sunday (18th September) I’m running a poetry workshop for 8 – 11 year olds for Hurst Festival, in the very cool setting of Holy Trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, BN6 9TY, surrounded by the new installed Reflections art exhibition. If you know a small person that might like to come along, tickets and details are HERE!

In a few weeks on Monday 26th September I’m performing BLAHBLAHBLAH at The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol with Soweto Kinch and Toby Campion. They are both artists who I admire ALOT so I think it will be a great show, I am also planning to perform some extracts FOR THE FIRST TIME from the piece I was working on during my residency at Skriduklaustur, Iceland earlier this year. AAAAAGH.

‘Boys’ – new poetry collection readings

In June and July I’ve got some lovely gigs coming up where I’ll be reading from my new collection ‘Boys’, published by Burning Eye Books. London (twice!), Bristol, Winchester, Bournmouth, Cambridge, Glastonbury Festival, Larmer Tree Festival and Brighton. Do come along if you’re interested!

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Dates and places where I’ll be reading from ‘Boys’

Glastonbury – Poetry& Words Stage – 2016

I’ve been biting my tongue and sitting on my hands so as not to spill the beans until we were allowed to do so…
but LOOK! I’m so very excited to be hosting the Glastonbury Poetry & Words Stage this year, with my dear friend Dreadlock Alien (Richard Grant). It’s such a brilliant line-up of poets I love, and poets that I’ve been hoping to get to see live for years! If you are going to be at Glastonbury this year, come along and hear some poems! See amazing owls poster below (by Scott Tyrrell) for full line up X

glasto P&W

Poet as Owls! By poet and illustrator Scott Tyrrell

BOYS – new poetry collection release tour

I have written a new collection of poems (Boys), which you can read more about below.
It is due for release at the end of May, published by Burning Eye Books.
In June and July, I am doing a little tour of gigs to celebrate its release where, if you like, you can come along and listen to me read from the book, and maybe even buy a copy!

Here is a list of shows, with maybe a few more to be added in the next few weeks:


– Saturday 11th June, LONDON
Platform 1, The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX

-Sunday 12th June, BRISTOL (Details TBA)

– Monday 13th June, WINCHESTER
Loose Muse, The Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

– Tuesday 14th June, BOURNMOUTH
Poetry On The Spot, Chaplin’s and Cellar Bar, 529 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, BOURNEMOUTH BH1 4AG

– Sunday 19th June, CAMBRIDGE
The Bardic Trials, Cambridge, Details TBA


– Wednesday 13th July, LONDON
Loose Muse, The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX

– Friday 15th July, LARMER TREE FESTIVAL
Lostwood Stage, 9pm

‘BOYS is a short collection of poetry which divides into two sections. In the first, Sally explores own childhood with poems full of the boisterous warmth of growing up with noisy boys, and the bereavement which inevitably haunts this part of the book. In the second section Sally explores the relationships (romantic, sexual, social) that young women navigate in adulthood.
Boys is a collection that wrestles with heartbreak, grief, sexual exploration, casual relationships and day to day observations. It is a journey through encounters, good, bad, loving, violent, life-affirming and challenging, with boys (and men). Boys is a tender, raw, celebratory and unflinching collection of poems with a socio-political undercurrent from a poet who is staking a claim to be an important and distinctive poetic-voice of her generation.’ -(blurb)

‘I always think I don’t know anything about poetry, until I read something that rocks me like ‘Boys’ did.
I know these feelings, I know these people, and I’m so grateful poets were put on this earth to say these things for us.
Brave, beautiful, vulnerable and funny, all the things I love about the people I love.
The way her rhythm moves, especially in She Glows, makes me want to burst into song.
It’s really important that you read this.’ -(Nuala Honan)

Gigs, readings and workshops in January 2016

It’s basically just London and York in January!

  • Tuesday 26th January 2016 – The Poetry Archivist @ The Proud Archivist, LONDON.
    -I’m hosting, with James Bunting. Featured sets from Vanessa Kisuule and Ben Norris. Its going to be ACES, Details here.
  • Friday 29th January 2016 – Say Owt Slam @ The Basement, Picturehouse City Screen, YORK.
    -Featured set from me, loads of brilliant slammers, REALLY excited to be doing a gig in Yorkshire, details here.
  • Saturday 30th January 2016 – Say Owt Workshop
    – Also in YORK, facilitated by me! Details TBC.

A really nice review!

I don’t think there’s a particularly strong tradition of reviewers at live poetry events really, so I don’t get that many reviews, good or bad, of my readings. So as you can imagine I was pleased as punch to read this, about my gig in Canterbury at the end of September, from publisher / reviewer Whisky and Beards:

‘Normally, when I don’t have much to say about a headliner, it’s because I don’t have many nice things to say, or I’m trying to kill a high word count, but this is the first time I can recall it being so wildly the opposite. Sally’s work is riveting and enthralling, equal parts surreal and identifiable, in some way I’m upset I couldn’t take more notes, but I wouldn’t have missed any second of her performance for the world.’

Full write up here:

I’m performing in Cambridge, Sheffield and Poole in the next month or so. Details in the post below or under the ‘gigs’ tab, please come along if you’re based near one of those towns!

Nice events where I’m going to be reading poems / running workshops in September and October…

  • Monday 21st September BRISTOL @ Milk, The Halo Cafe, Gloucester Road, Bristol. With brilliant Laurie Bolger! Details here
  • I’m also facilitating a workshop from 6pm until 7pm before the above show, the workshop will be for poets who are looking to start running workshops themselves! A workshop about how to run workshops! Fun! Here’s the details
  • Wednesday 21st October CAMBRIDGE – @ The Vaults, 14A Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1TB, with Robin Lamboll.
  • Thursday 19th November POOLE, DORSET – @ Spread the Verb, Poole Museum.