Paula Jennings

Paula Jennings’ poems are published in literary magazines, national newspapers, anthologies and in three collections. She regularly reads at poetry events and festivals, and has received a number of awards, including several Hawthornden fellowships. Under a Spell Place (HappenStance, 2015), her third collection, is written in the voice of a woman living with advanced Alzheimer’s. Following a reading at Dundee Literary Festival, Paula was invited by the Royal College of Nursing to read and discuss the poems at a dementia training day. In care homes and sheltered housing Paula has used poetry and other creative communication to encourage self-expression in people living with dementia. She lives in Cellardyke and teaches creative writing in Fife and Edinburgh.

Photo: Anne Jackson


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Reading: Paula Jennings from Under A Spell Place, Frank Starik from The Lonely Funeral

Sun 11 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street



We see it, we think it,
but we’re not in it altogether.

One thing’s taken off,
then another thing’s taken off.

Everybody’s lost their part.

In this place it goes on itself,
it moves so far, then not any further;

that’s the mean part of it,
and you hear the dogs talking about it.

They come here with red colours
and left-alone colours
and absolutely bright whites.

I don’t know whose house this is.

Paula Jennings

From Under a Spell Place (HappenStance, 2015)