Jean Stevens is a poet, playwright and actor. Her poems have appeared in London Magazine, Stand, The North, Mslexia, The Honest Ulsterman, Other Poetry, Smoke, and the Bridport Prize Anthology (2016), and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She is a past winner of the Yorkshire Post Prize and the Leeds Libraries Writing Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Rialto and Newport prizes.
Jean’s plays have been performed at Derby Playhouse, the Edinburgh Festival, Harrogate Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, and her stand-up comedy script won the Polo Prize at London’s Comedy Store. As a professional actor she has credits for stage, film and television.
Naked Eye published Jean’s latest collection of poems Driving in the Dark early in February 2018.
Responses to Jean’s new poetry collection:
…filmic and beautiful, full of warmth and drama.
Kay Mellor OBE
Persuasive and deeply moving. Jean Stevens’ great poetic gift is insight.
Steve Whitaker, Yorkshire Times
I really enjoyed reading the whole of ‘Driving in the Dark’ and would really recommend it. I started reading it one afternoon and couldn’t put it down.
Previous publications by Jean include
Performances(Pica Press, 1999)
Undressing in Winter (Matador, UK, 2008)
Beyond Satnav (Indigo Dreams Publishing, UK, 2016)
Twockers, Knockers and Elsie Smith (Smith and Kraus, USA, 1997)
Journey (Smith and Kraus, USA,1998)
Responses to Jean Stevens’ previous collection Beyond Satnav:
“Jean Stevens focuses deeply on a theme until it resonates with jewel-like clarity. She is an exciting, contemporary voice full of warmth and charm.” Daljit Nagra
“A sure hand with form, imagery and rhythms.” Ian McMillan
“Stuff you can sink your teeth into.” Joceylyn A. Beard
“Jean Stevens poems are vivid and thought provoking and she has a real gift for description. Her poems are wide-ranging and what binds her work together is a consistent clarity of expression.” John Killick