A Lick of Loose Threads which won the 2021 Hedgehog Poetry Press pamphlet competition will be published later this year, 2022
Jenna Plewes is happiest in quiet places, the sea, mountains and moorlands feed her soul.
A wartime baby, she was brought up in the Hebrides till she was 3, then lived by the sea in Sussex for 9 years until the family moved to Dartmoor and she went to Tavistock Grammar School.
She studied English at Durham University but changed course and did Social Studies at Edinburgh University, then qualified as a Medical Social Worker and later a psychotherapist. She worked as a counsellor in General Practice for 15 years. She feels she has come full circle, returning to the writing she side-lined while she was working and bringing up her family. She’s been a potter, having her on studio, making everything from teapots, goblets, bowls and plates to large garden pots. For many years she opened her large woodland garden as a quiet garden for the Quiet Garden Trust
Her poems appear in magazines in the UK and Canada and in several anthologies.
She has published 7 collections, Salt 2013, Pull of the Earth 2016 both by IDP. Against the Pull of Time by V. Press in 2018, The Salt and Sweet of Memory in 2019 by Dempsey and Windle. A Woven Rope by V. Press in 2019 and The Underside of Things which was joint winner of the Hedgehog Press ‘Full Fat’ collection competition. Gifts a collection of contemplative poetry is available on Amazon.
She was highly commended in the Hastings International competition in 2012, highly commended in the Geoff Stevens memorial prize in 2013 and 2014, commended in the Four Corners International poetry competition and in the Second Light Poetry Competition in 2015 and 2017. In 2016 she was shortlisted on Poetry on the Lake, and Poetry Space competitions. She won 1st prize in the Settles Sessions Competition in 2017 and 3rd prize in the Barnet poetry competition in 2018, was runner up in the Settle Sessions competition in 2018 won 2nd prize in Poetry Space competition 2019 and was highly commended in Ware Poets Competition 2019. In 2019 she was short-listed in the Brian Dempsey Memorial Competition. She was joint winner of the Hedgehog Poetry Press Full Fat Competition 2020
She and her husband live in Worcestershire. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Jenna writes ……