Jill Abram reads, writes, performs, presents, listens to and organises poetry. She is the Director of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, an influential collective which encourages craft, community and development.
Jill grew up in Manchester, travelled the world and now lives in Brixton. She performs her poems regularly in London and occasionally beyond, including Ledbury Poetry Festival, in USA and Paris. She has curated and hosted many events and created the Stablemates reading series.
Publications include Magma, The Rialto, Under the Radar, And Other Poems and Neu! Boots Are Made For Walking. She won the inaugural Poetry Pulse competition and the Elmbridge Literary Competition 2016, is the Wham Bam Poetry Slam Champion and runner up in the StAnza slam 2017.
Jill writes as well for the page and mind as she does for the ear and audience. She has been described as “poignant and funny” and having “mischief and poise”, her poems have been described as “satirical and quirky” and she has great appeal to those who think they don’t like poetry, as well as those who know they do. She writes a lot about her own life, friends and family but it isn’t all true…
Portrait by Naomi Woddis
Listen to my interview with Naomi Woddis on The Two of Us podcast