Hello, I'm Jen Campbell. I'm an award-winning poet and short story writer. My short story collection, 'The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night,' is published by Two Roads, and my children's books 'Franklin's Flying Bookshop,' 'Franklin and Luna Go To the Moon' and 'Franklin and Luna and the Book of Fairy Tales' are published by Thames & Hudson. My debut poetry collection 'The Girl Aquarium' is published by Bloodaxe. My next book, 'The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers', is forthcoming October 2021.
I am also the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series, and The Bookshop Book. My poetry pamphlet The Hungry Ghost Festival is published by The Rialto. I'm a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and won the Jane Martin Poetry Prize.
I worked as a bookseller for ten years and now run a Youtube channel where I talk about books, the history of fairy tales, and the representation of disability and disfigurement. I also have a podcast, run online writing workshops, offer editorial services and give talks at schools, universities and book festivals on a variety of topics. I run a book club for TOAST, talk about books monthly on BBC Radio 5 Live, and I'm Vlogger in Residence for the Poetry Book Society.
I grew up in the north east of England and now live in London. I am represented by Charlie Campbell at CCLA.