Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Weird Things... for Christmas

Good afternoon! Hope you're all having a lovely week. :)

Just a quick post to say that if any of you would like to give 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops,' or 'More Weird Things....' as Christmas gifts this year, I'm shipping signed copies worldwide. They can be dedicated, too. Head over here if you're interested, or drop me an email.

At the bookshop we have pumpkins in the window, and a load of old horror books. Halloween is my second favourite window display to make, after Christmas. I particularly love this book of Poe, illustrated by Rackham. Amazing.

Stand by for more posts about The Bookshop Book, coming up very shortly!


PS. And in other news, I've set up a lifestyle type blog over here,, if any of you are interested in that sort of thing and would like to follow it. It'll obviously be entirely separate to this one, but I just thought I'd mention it. :)

Friday, 25 October 2013


Announcement time!

 I'm very excited to be able to tell you that my new non-fiction book, 'THE BOOKSHOP BOOK,' will be published by Constable & Robinson next Christmas. It'll be a history of books and bookselling, a look at interesting bookshops of the world, and interviews with authors, customers and booksellers from everywhere about what bookshops mean to them. Basically, it's gonna be a bookshop LOVEFEST, and I can't wait for you all to read it. Hurray!

If you've got interesting bookshop stories, I want to hear from you - but more on that soon For now, let's just do a little dance - in a bookshop, if possible. And thank you for all your support. :) x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

'If we were whales then this would be ok...'

I'm very pleased to have three new poems ('#3', 'lantern head' and 'the sin harvest') in the latest issue of Poetry Salzburg Review. You can find out more about that over here.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

two new poems, and a hint of news

Exciting book-shaped news will be posted in the next couple of days. Keep your eyes peeled! (Sorry to be a tease ;) ).

In the mean time, here are two new poems from me. 'What The Bearded Lady Told Me', which placed second in the Wigtown Poetry Competition 2013, and 'on crucifixion', which was commended in Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2013.

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You can find out more about my poetry over here.

I hope you're all having a lovely autumn. I'll be back with book news very soon! xx

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Hungry Ghost Festival - Free Worldwide Shipping!

It's National Poetry Day! To celebrate, for the next 24 hours, signed copies of my poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' are available below, with free worldwide shipping.

To listen to a sample poem, click here.

 £5.50 - free worldwide shipping

04/10/13: This offer has expired. If you'd like to purchase a copy of the collection, you can do so over here:

"Jen Campbell's The Hungry Ghost Festival is a magical debut. Her charged poems of a northern childhood... are fresh and compelling - told with a canny eye for detail and a gorgeous turn of phrase. This is an arresting collection from a writer fully in command of an unusual and significant voice." - Anna Woodford [author of Birdhouse, winner of The Crawshaw Prize]

The Hungry Ghost Festival is published by The Rialto. Cover illustration is by Laura Barnard.