Carolyn Jess-Cooke was born in east Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1978. She was educated at The Queen's University of Belfast, where she received a BA (Hons), MA, and PhD by the age of 25. At 26 she took up a lectureship in film studies at the University of Sunderland, followed by a senior lectureship in Creative Writing at the University of Northumbria. She tendered her resignation to write full time in January 2011. Prominent themes in Jess-Cooke's work include the supernatural, survival, motherhood, home, and feminism.

Jess-Cooke is the author of the novel, The Guardian Angel's Journal, which was published in 2011 in the UK and Commonwealth by Piatkus, an imprint of Little, Brown, and Guideposts Books in the USA. The book hit the Bookseller's Heatseaker's chart upon publication, sold 40,000 copies in its first week of publication in Italy., and was considered an international phenomenon. In the UK, Company magazine hailed Jess-Cooke as 'the new Audrey Niffenegger', while in the US, a starred review in Publisher's Weekly called Jess-Cooke 'one to watch.'

Jess-Cooke's poetry has also appeared in Poetry London, Poetry New Zealand, Poetry Ireland Review, The Wolf, Magma, Poetry Wales, The Lonely Poets' Guide to Belfast, Black Mountain Review, Ambit, Tower Poetry, The SHOp, and in a ribbon of steel that runs for half a mile throughout a medical facility in Middlesbrough. Her debut poetry collection, Inroads, received an Eric Gregory Award, the Northern Promise Award, Tyrone Guthrie Prize for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the New London Poetry Award in 2010. A second poetry collection titled Boom!'- the title poem of which appears in the Summer 2012 issue of Poetry Review - is scheduled for publication with Seren in 2014.

Jess-Cooke's second novel, The Boy Who Could See Demons, was published in the UK by Piatkus in May 2012, where it was reviewed as 'one of the year's best reads.' The book was New Writing North's Read Regional selection for 2012.

Jess-Cooke currently resides in Whitley Bay, England with her husband and four children.

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

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