Runner Up in Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar 2021 Competition

Sending big love to everyone and I hope you’re all staying safe and well in these unsettling times.

From the midst of Norfolk lockdown, I’ve had some pleasant poetry-related news: I was a runner up in the Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar 2021 competition, so one of my haiku will be in next year’s calendar!

They’re gorgeous calendars, I love them so much and I’m delighted to be included. If you’re really thinking ahead, you can pre-order your own calendar right here!


I don’t often shout about this, but alongside my writing, I also take on freelance editing projects and writing/publishing consultation sessions. This week I’ve re-opened the doors to new projects – and I want to work with YOU!

Already, I am fully booked until 1st June, but if you need help with your latest manuscript, want to get some advice on querying agents, or are stuck in a rut with your writer’s block, get in touch!

I’ve edited Booker longlistees and Amazon bestsellers – if you’d like more info on my training and experience, check out my five-star reviewed Reedsy profile.

With six years experience in publishing as an author, publisher and book trade journalist, I’m here to answer your questions about the book world through one-to-one online video consultations. Available for one-off sessions and longer term mentoring, I’m here to help you write your novel, get published, or self-publish!

‘I genuinely had a great experience working with Jasmin, she went beyond the call of duty in terms of feedback… I highly recommend her services’ – Shwan XuXa

‘This is the second time I have worked with Jasmin and once again her support has proved invaluable… Working with Jasmin feels like a true collaboration. She makes insightful suggestions and her attention to detail is remarkable’ – Richard Greaves

‘Jasmin went above and beyond the brief, to give me insightful, actionable, and priceless feedback on my manuscript… Thanks to her, I will end up with a better book’ – Maya Middlemiss


THE CLOUD LOOM will be in Fairlight anthology

As anyone who writes short stories will know, getting a publication is hard – but getting a story re-published is even harder! That’s why I’m really thrilled that ‘The Cloud Loom’ has been selected for publication in The Fairlight Book of Short Stories: Volume 1!

This new anthology comes from fab indie publisher Fairlight Books, who have previously published my stories ‘The Cloud Loom’ and ‘The Locust Theorem’ online. They are a fantastic publisher doing really wonderful things, and I couldn’t be more delighted to have been selected for this anthology alongside so many amazing authors – thank you Fairlight Team!

Today is the cover reveal of the new book, so without further ado, here we go…

The book is due out on 1st October, and for more information you can read The Bookseller‘s article on it right here.

IT’S HERE! Contemporary Publishing and the Culture of Books

It’s heeeeere! Contemporary Publishing and the Culture of Books is out now, edited by Alison Baverstock, Richard Bradford and Madelena Gonzalez, and published by Routledge – turn to page 237 for my paper on publishing and neoliberal economics.

This is my first ever proper academic publication and I’m so thrilled and happy – huge thanks to all the editors for finding my paper interesting enough to publish.

Happy reading publishing folks! X

Routledge publication: less than 1 week to go!

Much excitement at my end – there’s less than one week to go until my first official academic publication comes out!

My essay ‘Understanding our place: Publishing’s role in the reading ecosystem under neoliberal economics’ will be published in ‘Contemporary Publishing and the Culture of Books’ on 27th January by Routledge and I am so excited!

You can find out more about the book, the other enegaing and insightful essays in the collection, and the three marvellous editors Alison Baverstock, Richard Bradford, and Madelena Gonzalez right here.

Longlisted for the Trailblazer Awards 2020

Happy New Year everyone!

Here’s some nice 2020 news from me: I’m thrilled (and not a little amazed!) to have been longlisted for this year’s The London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards. What a wonderful list of people to be a part of – feeling a lot of publishing love and gratitude right now! Thank you, thank you!!

To see the full longlist, visit the marvellous BookBrunch.

This is the second time I’ve been longlisted, and it’s a really lovely thing to feel so valued by an industry I have such affection for!

Shortlisted for Museum of Haiku Literature Award!

Posting today with some SUPER exciting news from my poetry world!

Just got my copy of the The British Haiku Society journal Blithe Spirit 29.4 in the post and discovered that I’m one of the Runners Up for the Museum of Haiku Literature Award! Totally over the moon, what a nice thing to happen!

Huge thanks to Gary Hotham for shortlisting me and congratulations to the winner Dennis Tomlinson too.

Big love to all you poetry readers out there… Xx

UEA MA Prose Anthology Launch Reading

Super late notice but I’ll be one of the readers at TONIGHT’s UEA MA Anthologies launch in Norwich. It starts at 7pm in the UEA Drama Studio and is free to attend – just book here.

If you can’t make it, but you’re interested in the anthology or what I’ve been up to for the past year, one of my absolute heroes Henrietta Rose-Innes wrote a beautiful Foreword for this year’s Prose anthology which has now been featured on New Writing​. It’s a lovely read, and it also speaks to a lot of my own experiences of the last twelve months of friendship and writing, but with more clarity than I could ever manage!

Chairing Bettany Hughes event at Hostry Festival

Really thrilled to be chairing an event with one of my all-time favourite heroes Bettany Hughes for this year’s Hostry Festival!

2pm, Saturday 26th October 2019
At The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral
Tickets £15 (£12 conc)
Or via the Norwich Theatre Royal Box Office on 01603 598676

This is going to be a real treat for history nerds and literary types alike, and I hope to see you all there!

Also big thanks to the event’s supporters University of East Anglia (UEA), Jarrold, Norwich High School GDST and TCD Media.

Suspirium Viridae published in Ash Tales

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all having wonderful summers (or winters in the southern hemisphere!)

I just got back from my own summer holidays, to find that the fabulous folks at Ash Tales have published my flash fiction story Suspirium Viridae on their site! You can read it for free, online, right now, RIGHT HERE!

This is a melancholy story all about teenagehood, pandemic, apocalypse, anxiety, depression and breathing deep… and best of all, it will only take you five minutes to read.

It means a lot to me as a story, and I’m so grateful to Ryan at Ash Tales for taking the time to read and publish it. Ash Tales is an awesome publication, and I thoroughly recommend checking out the other stories on their site as well as their beautifully narrated podcast series.

Big love to you all – and don’t forget to breathe deep! x

‘Not Every Train’ reading video

Had a fab time reading at Flashing Norwich yesterday evening. Huge thanks to Helen and Chris for organising and hosting and inviting me along to read – can’t wait for the next one!

If you didn’t manage to make it last night but you’d still like to listen to me reading something, it turns out there’s a video of me reading my flash fiction story ‘Not Every Train’ at the London launch of Arachne Press’ Story Cities Anthology – so if you have three minutes, you can watch that instead!

Reading at Flashing Norwich July Event

It’s time for another Flashing Norwich event at Café Bar Marzano’s in Norwich from 7-9pm tomorrow. I’m super excited to be reading alongside Christopher Allen, Vijay Khurana, Jemma Morris, Sim Ralph, Helen Rye, James Smart, Judi Walsh, Julia Webb and special guest, performance poet Cai Draper.

Entry is FREE, so come on down Norwich folks! More info here.

Story Cities Anthology Launch

Had such a fun and lovely evening at the Story Cities Anthology launch last Thursday – a gorgeous venue at the University of Greenwich and huge thanks to Rosamund, Kam and Cherry for organising such a lovely evening. It was such a joy to read and meet so many lovely folk!

If you want to buy the anthology – and the stories in it are all incredible, I was totally transported reading it – you can pick up a copy on the Arachne Press website right here.

Happy reading! x

Shortlisted for EVENT Magazine speculative fiction prize

Whoop whoop! I am completely over-the-moon excited to have made the shortlist of the 2019 Event Magazine Speculative Writing Contest!

What an awesome list to be on, I’m so honoured and humbled and proud – a huge big thank you to judge Emily Pohl-Weary and all the editors at Event!

The story that was shortlisted is Passing Voices, about a woman seeking answers to her life’s problems from a backyard quantum physicist, it’s very close to my heart and I’m so thrilled that it’s been recognised like this.

Watch this space for the results, coming soon…!

Reading at Story Cities Launch in London

I’m very excited to be one of the readers at the launch of the flash fiction anthology Story Cities published by Arachne Press in collaboration with Greenwich University.

I’ll be reading an extract from ‘Not Every Train’, the flash fiction story selected for the anthology. The launch party will be on 20th June from 7pm – 9pm at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 10 Stockwell St, London.

TICKETS ARE FREE, book yours here!

Essay on publishing in Routledge collection

In late-2019, I was asked to give a lecture at Kingston University as part of the Masterclass series for their MA in Publishing and Creative Writing about an aspect of the future of publishing. I chose to talk about how publishing can find its place and survive in a world of neoliberal economic ideals – and now I’m totally thrilled that the talk is going to be published!

“Understanding Our Place: Publishing’s role in the reading ecosystem under neoliberal economics” will appear in Essays on Contemporary Publishing and The Culture of Books edited by Richard Bradford, Alison Baverstock, and Madelena Gonzalez, published by Routledge in June 2019. This is my first ever academic publication and I’m pretty blown away by it to be honest. Huge, huge thanks goes to Alison who called my paper in and asked me to give the lecture in the first instance!


Very exciting news: in Blithe Spirit 28.4, I’ve had not one but two poems published! Blithe Spirit is the journal of the British Haiku Society, and its always jam packed with gorgeous features, essays, reviews and of course poems. I’m very grateful to the editors for selecting two of my haiku for this issue – happy reading everybody!