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 work in ekphrasis on site specific projects with award winning artists continues this year with artist Natalie Sirett with whom she is working on a new project focused on fairy tales. She contributed to anthology of sonnets written in response to Natalie’s work Medusa and her Sisters which was published and launched at Burgh House Museum in Hampstead in October 2019.
Other work in ekphrasis includes ‘My Mind’s Eye’, a short story exhibited alongside the work of Iain Andrews and published in ‘Mythopoeia’ at the Warrington Arts Festival in 2012 at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery. Working with artist Richard Kenton Webb at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester in 2014, ‘Still Life with Blackbirds‘ was a crime story against the background of an archaeological dig. Described as ‘the Time Team meets the Talented Mr Ripley’, it was published in a limited edition by Artists’ Choice Editions in 2017.
Her first crime novel The Weight of Bones was shortlisted for the 2017 Cinnamon Debut Novel Award where it was described as ‘…a tangled and beautifully textured tale of murder, fires, deceit, blame and guilt’. The Weight of Bones will be published by indie publisher Leaf by Leaf in Autumn 2020.
Jo started her writing career as a writer for radio and has had plays and adaptations produced on BBC Radio 4 which you will sometimes find repeated on BBC Radio 4extra
Jo is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Open University in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at the OU. Prior to this she worked in Public Relations before becoming Literary Manager of the Bush Theatre and a Literary Associate at the National Theatre during the 1990’s. She went on to be a freelance Readings Producer in BBC Radio Drama in Manchester and London.
She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She also has an MBA from Aston University.
Interview with Jo by Deborah Edgeley at Ink Pantry.