About Jo

Photograph: Martha Lloyd

Jo Reardon is a writer of fiction, drama and poetry.

Her short fiction has been published widely in publications including The London Magazine and the UEA anthology Mafia, and in 2014 she was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Short Story Prize, her story ‘Mr H’s Angels’ appearing in the anthology ‘Patria & Other Stories’.  She was long listed for the  Bare Fiction Magazine short story prize in 2017.  Her poetry is published by Beautiful Dragons press.

Her short stories and poetry have been also published alongside the work of contemporary artists at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester, ‘Still Life with Blackbirds’, published in a limited edition by Artists’ Choice Editions in 2017, Warrington Art Gallery and Burgh House Museum in Hampstead in an anthology of sonnets entitled ‘Medusa and her Sisters’, alongside the work of Natalie Sirett.

Her plays and adaptations have been produced on BBC Radio 4.

Jo’s first novel, a crime mystery, ‘The Weight of Bones’, was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press Debut Novel Award, and published by Cinnamon Press under their new Leaf by Leaf imprint in Autumn 2020.

Jo is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Open University and lives in the North West of England on the Sefton coast. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University.

Interview with Jo by Deborah Edgeley at Ink Pantry.