In her own words:
I am an author, and poet, currently based in Portobello — a seaside town in Edinburgh. I spend most of my time writing, being a Mum, drawing snails, researching, finishing my theses, drinking wine, taking photographs, sculpting things from metal and most recently — making wallpaper from burlesque prints, or old 1970s books of flowers or birds.
Jenni’s debut novel The Panopticon was published by William Heinemann, at Random House. It was chosen to be part of the Waterstones 11 — a list of the best worldwide debut novels of 2012. It is now to be made into a movie with Ken Loach as Executive Producer. Jenni’s second novel The Sunlight Pilgrims was published by William Heinemann and her poetry collection The Dead Queen of Bohemia was published by Polygon.
In 2013 Jenni appeared on Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists list.
Jenni has published two collections of poetry. Urchin Belle and The Dead Queen of Bohemia are available from Blackheath Books. Poems featured in these collections were nominated for The Pushcart Prize. She has also won awards from Scottish Screen, Peggy Ramsay, Scottish Arts, Dewar Arts and Arts Council England.
An author of many talents Jenni is also an artist. The Scolds Bridle is a large sculpture built out of sheets of steel. On completing the sculpture several months were spent engraving this sculpture with words written by women in prison in the UK and US. The Scolds Bridle aims to raise awareness of issues facing women within prison and young offenders systems. It was exhibited in Greenwich Gallery, London. In July 2016 she won the Best Author award at The Herald’s Scottish Culture Awards.