Jess’s novel, Himself ,will be published by Canongate in July 2016. Jess is now working on two further novels, along with her first collection of short stories – many of which are either set in Ireland or have Irish protagonists.
Jess graduated with a PhD in Creative Writing, following the completion of an MA in Creative Writing (Enabling Creative Writing in the Community). Her PhD dissertation focuses on the ways in which disparate modes and genres can be brought into correspondence to create new hybrid forms – adaptable crime fiction variants. The critical commentary explores the tensions and similarities, contrasts and shared concerns in these two different approaches to fiction writing. Her research resulted in a magic realist crime novel, which was later revised and rewritten for publication. Jess is currently working on several academic articles drawn from her PhD research.
Jess has published short stories and a London theatre group has performed her work.