The Seren Poetry Podcast

Carolyn Jess-Cooke: 'We Have to Leave the Earth"

November 03, 2022 Alternative Stories Season 1 Episode 5
The Seren Poetry Podcast
Carolyn Jess-Cooke: 'We Have to Leave the Earth"
Show Notes

Welcome to The Seren Poetry Podcast, a series of conversations and readings with Seren poets.

 In this edition we speak with poet and novelist Carolyn Jess-Cooke about her third collection We Have to Leave the Earth which considers themes of the environment and motherhood.


Carolyn Jess-Cooke was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and is currently reader in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. She has published 15 books in 23 languages and won numerous awards, including an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, a Tyrone Guthrie Prize, a K Blundell Award, and she has won a Northern Writer’s Award three times. 


Carolyn has a prestigious parallel career as the novelist C.J. Cooke. Her first novel The Guardian Angel’s Journal was an international bestseller. Her book The Lighthouse Witches was published in October 2021, was nominated for numerous prizes, was an international best seller, and is soon to be a major TV series. Her latest novel The Ghost Woods was published in 2022.


 The podcast is presented by Rhian Edwards  

The interviewer is Chris Gregory  

Recordings, production, sound design and editing are by Chris Gregory of Alternative Stories 

Recordings of Rhian Edwards are by Sarah Johnson 


This conversation was recorded on location at Carolyn’s home near Glasgow.


You can find out more about Carolyn’s poetry and fiction on her website 


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 Please join us next week for a conversation with Ben Wilkinson, about his collection Same Difference, which will be released on Thursday 10th November. Subscribe in your favourite podcast app to have all future editions delivered to your podcast feed the moment they are released.  


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