Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Jenny Joseph
Categories: J

Jenny Joseph poet

Jenny Joseph was born in Birmingham, grew up in Buckinghamshire and now lives in Gloucestershire.


Nothing Like Love (Enitharmon Press, 2010)

Extreme of Things (Bloodaxe, 2006)

Ghosts and Other Company (Bloodaxe, 1995)

Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 1992)

The Inland Sea (1992)

Persepone poetry and prose (Bloodaxe 1986)

Beyond Descartes (Secker and Warburg, 1983)

The Thinking Heart (Secker and Warburg, 1978)

Rose in the Afternoon (Secker and Warburg, 1974)

Unlooked-for Season (Secker and Warburg, 1960)


Extended Similes fiction (Bloodaxe, 1997)

Beached Boats fiction (Enitharmon, 1991)

plus six books for children including All the Things I See (Macmillian Children’s Books, 2000).


Led by the Nose: A Garden of Smells (Souvenir Press, 2002)

Jenny Joseph studied English Literature at St Hilda’s College Oxford and went on to become a journalist.  She has worked for the Bedfordshire Times, Oxford Mail and Drum Publications in Johannesburg, South Africa).  The Society of Authors awarded her a travelling scholarship in 1995 and she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999.

Her first poetry collection Unlooked-for Season won an Eric Gregory Award and her second Rose in the Afternoon won a Cholmondeley Award.  Persepone was awarded the James Tait Memorial Prize for fiction in 1986. In 2006 her poem Warning was voted ‘Britain’s favourite post war poem’ in a BBC poll. Although Jenny Joseph is understandably resistant to being remembered for one poem written very early in her career, the spirit of the poem very much epitomises Jenny Joseph’s approach to writing.  She addresses the world plainly as she sees it and in her refusal to be stereotyped and refusal to suffer fools gladly, can come across as being very formidable indeed, but this is tempered by a very English sense of fair play. In person she is approachable and her readings are generous both in the range of her work and in her answers to questions from audiences.

Jenny Joseph at Bloodaxe: http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/personpage.asp?author=Jenny+Joseph

Comments are closed.