Carolyn Jess-Cooke

My name is Carolyn Jess-Cooke and I'm an award-winning poet and novelist published in 22 languages. I fell in love with poetry at school while studying war poetry – it seemed that poetry could express the inexpressible and give a voice to even the most horrific of situations.

The poetry I am interested in reading and writing is the kind that draws down barriers and which sheds a little more light on the human condition. As a mother of four young children, I wanted to write a book about my experiences of motherhood - I opted for poetry over fiction or non-fiction as it is the only literary form that can render the complexities of such experiences with authenticity and beauty.

CAROLYN JESS-COOKE has an international profile as an author and academic. Her poetry has been published in New Statesman, Poetry Review, Poetry London and others, and has received an Eric Gregory Award, the Tyrone Guthrie Prize for Poetry, a place in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and has twice received a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North. Most recently, her poem Hare was commended in the National Poetry Competition and was made into a filmpoem. Carolyn’s novels have been published in 23 languages and she is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

Poems on the website
The House of Rest  The House of Rest Sequence 

That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. Aphra Behn, poet