Simon Jenner was born in Cuckfield in 1959. Failing everything except art, he learnt to fly instead: discovering poetry forestalled a career in airframes. After Leeds,his Cambridge PhD was paradoxically ’Oxford Poetry of the 1940s’. His debuts were bi-lingual volumes in Germany, (1996/97). About Bloody Time followed with Waterloo in 2006.
Reviews appear in Stride, Tears in the Fence, PN Review, Dundee Review. Simon received a South East Arts Bursary, Royal Literary Fund grants and broadcast on the BBC. Director of Survivors’ Poetry since 2003, from 2008-10, he was also Royal Literary Fund Fellow, at East London and Chichester Universities. A volume extending the heteronyms of Pessoa (Perdika Press), launched at the Portuguese Embassy in 2010 (Poet in the City). Wrong Evenings appeared 2011. A further Waterloo volume is forthcoming in 2013 as is an Agenda Edition of poems about composers. Poetry/articles appear in eg. Agenda, Angel Exhaust, PN Review.