|After a successful career as a
journalist and editor Jackie left her full time job and started writing
poetry in the summer of 2012. She works in a wide variety of styles and
has had work published on websites and in magazines and anthologies,
including The Lampeter Review, Innovate arts magazine, Poetry-24, I am
not a silent poet, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Picaroon, The Haiku
Journal and Blithe Spirit. She was a Poet of the Month with Honno in
Her first full collection of poetry – The Spaces in Between – was published in September 2015 by Pinewood Press. Her themes include love, relationships, death and loss, the very personal and the fiercely political. As well as drawing on ideas of memory, personal reflection and the human emotions that colour our daily living, she also brings nature and landscape to life in her poetry.
From a review of The Spaces in Between, by Sally Spedding, published in Dreamcatcher magazine: “Many of Jackie Biggs’ poems, unconstrained by conventional rhyming forms, are, it seems, intensely personal, weighted with memories, loss and longing, crafted with delicacy and precision… The Spaces in Between is a wonderful harvest.”
Jackie reads her work regularly at live literature events all over west Wales, where she lives. She was chair of PENfro Book Festival in 2015 and 2016 and is currently organiser and co-host of the Cellar Bards monthly spoken word event in Cardigan.
Recent work includes poetry which relates to local landscapes and its history, food, the erotic and many haiku, as well as continuing political and social comment. Jackie hopes to publish some of this poetry in a range of themed pamphlet collections.
Originally from Hertfordshire, Jackie lived and worked in London until she moved to west Wales in 1987. For the last 20 years she has worked part time at a rescue sanctuary for dogs. She loves being in the fields under open skies and has found that animals can teach us a great deal about ourselves – and they do it without using any words at all!