There are fairy tales and nightmares here, a cul-de-sac house as ‘a drowned city’, and a child’s toy-box always near. Tess Jolly can be airborne; or swim as if ‘life depended on it’. Her vivid, intelligent, insistent poems explore love, childhood, parenthood, sickness and hope ‘...as the spider spins and the needle clatters’.
Tess Jolly’s work has appeared in many UK poetry magazines and in the anthology The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. She has been commended or placed in several poetry competitions and in 2015 was the winner of the Hamish Canham Prize.