A new book from Jo Waterworth

I’m delighted to report that Jo won First Prize in this year’s Chipping Sodbury Poetry Competition. Her winning poem will be published in the forthcoming second anthology from the Fountain Poets.

Jo is guest poet this coming Friday, July 5th, at Can Openers in Bristol, Foyles Bookshop (6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol BS1 3BU, tel. 0117 376 3975) 12 noon to 1.30pm.


Jo’s new booklet “My Father Speaks in Poetry too” is published by Poetry Space and available here.

This delightful little book is an inspiring memoir honouring both the ailing body and the indomitable spirit of the poet’s father.  It is moving and uplifting – yet down-to-earth at the same time.  Jo Waterworth’s poetry is economical – she uses just the right words, always sparingly but with absolute precision. The juxtaposition of listening to birds tuning up with notes on the weather and the making of porridge works beautifully. The illustrations are delightful and the way the pages are set out with white space around the words gives the whole book the dignity it deserves.  


1 thought on “A new book from Jo Waterworth

  1. rachael clyne

    I love the sparseness of Jo’s poems and her use of small domestic details as well as adopting acute observation of birds, (which her father loved) to convey a deep emotional journey. Awaiting someone’s death often brings us into the moment by moment appreciation of life.


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