Hilary Mantel described one of Joanâ€™s short stories as “an intriguing glimpse of lives colliding”. She was long-listed in the Willesden Short Story competition, and has written her first novel, which languishes.
Her poetry is more performed (Poetry CafĂ©, Peckham Literary Festival, Literary & Philosophical Society of Newcastle, the Republic Bar in Tasmaniaâ€¦) than published (Southbank Poetry, Early Works Press, Orbis). Joan has written features for publications here and in the U.S. (she lived in San Francisco for several years). She has won an award for a polemic on perfume.
But what she loves most is to write short fiction. With a kick in it.