Stone Seeds by Jo Ely

"Ely's fictional voice resonates with raw emotion, and her writing is as tactile as the damp walls and the crack in the ceiling of Antek's cell. The simplest description can be imbued with a complexity of feeling and meaning. Her characters seem rendered with great tenderness, a tenderness that can only inspire in the reader empathy and affection."

New York Times Notable Author, Sandra Tyler

"An intelligent, creative, imaginative, original writer."

Guardian Book of the Year Author, Trevor Byrne

"Jo Ely's superb debut novel combines the vision of Russell Hoban and Ursula Le Guin with her own unique talents as a powerful and poetic storyteller."

Oprah endorsed writer Roman Krznaric, bestselling author of Empathy and The Wonderbox

"Very talented"

British Science Fiction Association Best Book of the Year nominee, CM Taylor

"The cinematic effect is remarkable ... a wild emotional ride through a maze of plot twists and jaw dropping landscapes. A truly enjoyable read."

Independent Publishers Book Awards USA Gold Medal Award Winner, Andrew Smith (Edith's War)

"There are images and scenes in this novel that will probably stay with me always, much as if I had dreamt them ... The writing is starkly poetic, haunting, skilfully fractured. Jo Ely certainly knows how to manifest a sense of the uncanny ..."

Mark Mayes, shortlisted for the Bridport prize, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, & author of forthcoming novel 'The Gift Maker'

Stone Seeds has five stars on writer Salena Godden's goodreads page

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Stone Seeds longlisted for The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize


Stone Seeds Longlisted



Really enjoyed reading at @VanguardRead on June 16th


 Young Women's Writing Project at Hounslow Action for Youth / Arts Council


Jo Ely is a Contributing Editor for Literary & Arts magazine Woven Tale Press:



Book Anthologies in which I have a short story

The Woven Tale Press Selected Works 2015

The woven tale press


Magazines/short stories

The Thief, by Jo Ely, Woven Tale Press

Strings, by Jo Ely, WriteThis


Fish Prize Shortlisted

A godless prayer for the feet, by Jo Ely


Published articles, interviews, reviews, essays and children's books

Interview: Poetry in A New America

Live Wire | Empathy Library

'This is not a Eulogy', Woven Tale Press

Jo-Ely: My Life in Books Interviewed By Ruby Speechley

Jo Ely | In Her Own Words | Woven Tale Press

Writing Stone Seeds: article, for The Writers Workshop

Writer Interview: Mark Mayes

Writer Interview: CM Taylor

My interview with writer Sophia Blackwell, for Woven Tale Press

An interview with poet George Szirtes, by Jo Ely, for The Woven Tale Press

Short story writer turned novelist Alan McMonagle: an interview with Jo Ely, for The Woven Tale Press

Migrations, Music and Empathy: an interview with writer Jacqueline Crooks, by Jo Ely, for The Woven Tale Press

The double life of Salena Godden: an interview with Writer and Performer Salena Godden, by Jo Ely, for The Woven Tale Press

How do you make one book stand out? An interview with indie publisher Matthew Smith, by Jo Ely, for The Woven Tale Press

Interview with poet Eleanor Hooker, by Jo Ely for The Woven Tale Press

Interview with writer David Gaffney, by Jo Ely for The Woven Tale Press

Me, being interviewed by author Amanda Saint for Year of Indie Debuts

Me, being interviewed by A Lover of Books / blog

Urzad, Talking Heads, A short film about killing, Dekalog: one (Kieslowski), Empathy Library

The Road, The Sunset Limited (Cormac McCarthy), Empathy Library

Dance of the happy shades, Too much happiness (Alice Munro), Empathy Library

More 'empathy media' reviews by Jo Ely, including film shorts, YA, short stories, children's picture books and more ...

Jo Ely's two non-fiction children's books are Festivals (published by Addison Wesley Longman) and Art for Everyone (published by Collins Ed). Jo's also written read-aloud stories for the classroom: The Gurus Cloak, Siddhartha, and The Exodus (Living Religions, pub'd by Thomas Nelson ITP).

Jo Ely

More interviews and articles by Jo Ely ...

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