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

Short-story author and novelist Jacqueline Crooks

Short-story author and novelist Jacqueline Crooks discusses themes in her writing—including immigrants, enforced silence, and strong adolescent girls—in this interview with Jo Ely, literary editor of The Woven Tale Press. Crooks is a Jamaican born British short-story writer whose main subjects are migration and Caribbean subcultures. A Wasafiri Prize runner up, the first chapter of Jacqueline’s novel Fire Rush was published by Granta (WW15, the Anthology of New Writing, 2007). You can also find her short stories in Virago (“Something was there,” 2011), Vanguard Readings (“Urban Isolation,” 2015) and Mslexia (2015). Educated at Goldsmiths University, Jacqueline has read and performed her work at the V&A, Vanguard Readings, Brixton BookJam and Volumes Book fair in Zurich. Her short story “Old goat” was published by the The Woven Tale Press in February, 2016.

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Jo Ely

Described as "an intelligent, creative, imaginative, original writer" by Guardian Book of the Year author Trevor Byrne, Jo Ely has been Shortlisted for the Fish International Short Story Prize and has had a short story selected for an anthology edited by New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Sandra Tyler (Woven Tale Press, US ed. 2016). Jo has published short stories, children's books and written interviews with writers for the Woven Tale Press. She also reviews for the world's first online Empathy Library. 'Stone Seeds' is Jo's first novel, published by Urbane Publications (Amazon.co.uk).

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