Jessica Wortley

The stars are lost.
They do not guide.
Do not be fooled into
love with inky indigo
temptations of night.
The moon is not permanent.
Dreams will waken.
Dawn will rise,
as owls returns to roost.

Jessica Wortley

Jessica Wortley is a writer and teacher based in the North East of England. This summer she was writer in residence at the Lit and Phil library in Newcastle, and she is half-way through her MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She is an enthusiastic advocate of writing, and takes much of her inspiration from the world around her, using the time she spends mountaineering and wild swimming, as starting points for much of her work.

Jessica's writing was included in the 100 Faces, 100 Stories installation, curated by Alan Lyddiard, and she has been involved in the Cultural Spring project taking place in Sunderland and South Tyneside. She has had her poetry included in two anthologies published by Appletree Writers, with her work placing third and first in two of their competitions.

Jessica is currently working towards her first poetry pamphlet, which she hopes to launch at the beginning of 2015. She recently performed at her first international poetry reading in Montelone, Italy.

You can read more of Jessica's work on her blog.

Read an update from Jessica, and another poem, Killing Time.

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