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Jenny Swann August 2019

Jenny Swann

Jenny Swann joined our Board of Trustees in October 2019

About Jenny

Jenny Swann studied English Literature and Art History. She has published three collections of poetry and has performed her prize-winning work at a number of literary venues and festivals. When working at Tate and the V & A she published articles and contributed to catalogues about different aspects of nineteenth-century art. She has run poetry workshops in libraries and galleries for children and adults. Soon after arriving in Nottingham, she worked as Poetry Editor for Five Leaves Publications and then went on to set up Candlestick Press. In 2017 she set up the poetry card company One Plum Poem, dedicated to raising the standard of poetry in greetings cards and sharing poetry through podcasts.

My biggest influences

"I have always loved reading. I read for all sorts of reasons – intellectual engagement, shared emotion and experience, above all to add to my understanding of, and satisfy my curiosity about, the world around me and the people in it. I have been influenced by so many writers and books, it’s hard to know where to start and even harder to know where to stop! At university I mostly studied Anglo-Saxon and medieval English, but since that time I have tended towards contemporary or twentieth-century novels, non-fiction and poetry. I love Persephone Books for a comfort read but I am open to just about any genre. Recently Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt made my sides ache with laughter and sorrow. I suppose my biggest love is reading poetry – there are some days when the only thing that makes any sense of the world, is poetry. Among contemporary British poets, Alice Oswald is a great favourite. Just don’t get me started or I’ll be reeling off other favourite poets until sundown".

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