Friday, 27 May 2016

I Want to Have a Chat

Hello folks,

A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by a television production company, asking me to take part in a dating show. A dating show where those with disabilities and deformities are filmed trying to 'find love.' They thought that I would be a good fit, given that I have a deformity myself.

I have a lot of thoughts on this. Angry ones. Frustrated ones. Thoughts about misrepresentation in the media, about exploitation and about control of voice.

I made a video addressing all of my issues with this show and the people who produce it. I would be very grateful if you could take the time to watch it, and share it. I think more people need to be aware of how these companies operate. You can watch the video here.

Thank you. Sending lots of love to you all,

Jen xxxx

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

This year, I'm working with the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, reading and reviewing all of the six shortlisted books. I unbox the shortlisted books over here. :)

My first reviews are for The Green Road by Anne Enright and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. You can hear what I think of the books over here.

Next up, I'll be reviewing A Portable Veblen and The Glorious Heresies.

Lots of bookish love. xx

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

What I've Been Reading Recently + GIVEAWAY

To see what I've been reading in the past few weeks, head over to this video here. In the video, I'm also giving away three paperback copies of Arcadia by Iain Pears, a book which I absolutely loved. You can see my spoiler free review of it here.

Other book review videos:
I chat about some books from YesYes - a wonderful poetry press in the States.
What I read in April: Part 1 and Part 2

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


NEW PODCAST: In this month’s episode of BOOKS WITH JEN, I chat with Emily Urquhart (author of ‘Beyond the Pale’, one of my favourite books :) ) about albinism and folklore around the world. I also catch up with Will, from Vintage Books, & chat about upcoming book releases. You can download or stream the podcast here :)

Thursday, 24 March 2016

What I've Been Reading Recently

I just uploaded part two of my March wrap up, chatting about all the books I've been reading recently. (I'm splitting my wrap up into three parts this month, as I've been reading quite a lot)

Part One is here and Part Two is here. x

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Writing Workshops

Morning, folks! ☺Two of my three March/April writing workshops are now sold out, but there are a couple of places left on the third. If you'd like to sign up and come take part, it would be lovely to have you on board ☺ if you're interested, head over to for all the details xx

Monday, 21 March 2016

BOOKS WITH JEN | Episode Three

Episode Three of Books With Jen just went up :) It features the fabulous Janet Ellis, whose book ‘The Butcher’s Hook’ I read last week and bloody loved. It also features Holly Burrows, who works at House of Illustration, chatting about female comic artists of the past one hundred years.

You can download the audio file for 75p over here where there's also a link to stream it, too.

Happy Monday! x