'The highlight of the gig was Joolz. It got more and more passionate and intense, and she held that crowd utterly spellbound, totally silent. I remember thinking, Incredible, if I'd paid money to see this, I'd be over the moon.'
Billy Bragg in GQ Magazine
'I was left wondering why the literary columns of the broadsheets spend so much time reviewing constipated relentlessly clever exercises in postmodernism by the latest bête noir of the chattering classes when work as vital, as beautiful, as wild and truthful as this is being done.'
Four-square in the tradition of Wordsworth and Coleridge in using everyday language, Joolz describes her work as 'character-driven, dramatic, and often tragic'. In the poems and miniature narratives of Errors of the Spirit, her fourth collection, she illuminates how ordinary people cope with extraordinary situations, and deal with anger, loss, violence, death, friendship and love. Very different is her long poem Grendel, revealing her interest in old narrative forms as well as literary manifestations of the 'monster'.
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Errors of the Spirit costs £7.50 and has ISBN 1-873226-37-3.
It was published in 2000.
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Joolz Denby has brought excitement back to English poetry with her clear, unflinching, yet sympathetic view of the lives she sees around her. She has reached a huge audience not normally exposed to modern poetry through her many appearances on TV and radio, by working with musicians and by performing at arts and music festivals around the world, including five Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and also twice at the Edinburgh Book Festival, 20 Glastonbury Festivals (where she is a featured artist and the only writer playing to audiences of over 2,000 in the Cabaret and Theatre Marquees, and appearing on the live television coverage of the Festival in 1999). Her many recordings include a number with New Model Army and Jah Wobble.
In 1998, she won The Crimewriter's Association Award for New Crime Writer Of The Year with her novel Stone Baby (HarperCollins) which was then shortlisted (the only British nominee) for the prestigious John Creasey Award. Her second novel for HarperCollins, Corazon has been received as enthusiastically as her first. Joolz was recently commisioned by Bradford council to write the poem Bradford which was made into a short film for the 'Bradford, Capital Of Culture 2008' bid, and to write a short story Trouble in response to the re-publication of Iceberg Slim's novel Pimp - both these commisions have been very highly praised.
Most recently her novel Billie Morgan has been short-listed for the Orange Prize.
For more information about all of Joolz's work, visit her website www.joolz.net
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