Jen Campbell’s first Bloodaxe collection The Girl Aquarium explores the realm of rotten fairy tales, the possession of body and the definition of beauty. Weaving between whispered science and circus, she turns a cracked mirror on society and asks who gets to control the twisted tales hiding in the wings.
‘Poetry of innocence and wonder. Poetry of darkness and deformation. The poems about girlhood experiences are daringly original.’ – DALJIT NAGRA
Jen is the author of the Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series, the short story collection The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night and her children’s books include Franklin’s Flying Bookshop.
Jen worked as a bookseller for ten years and now runs a Youtube channel where she talks about books and the history of fairy tales. She also has a podcast, runs online writing workshops, offers editorial services and gives talks at schools, universities and book festivals. She runs a book club for TOAST, talks about books monthly on BBC Radio 5 Live, and is Vlogger in Residence for the Poetry Book Society.
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