Hi, my name is Jess. I’m from Yorkshire, and have been based in Leeds for the past fifteen years or so. I am a Chartered librarian, have an MSc in Information and Library Management, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. Currently I work as a Subject Librarian in HE.
Professionally I am involved in my local ARLG Committee, am Sponsor Relations Officer for the LILAC conference, and am one of the co-founders of LISDIS. My publications in LIS can be accessed through the University of Huddersfield repository.
Between 2010-2013 I ran The Travelling Suitcase Library, appearing at festivals across the UK. I am known on occasion as ‘The Book Elf’, and tweet under @BookElfLeeds.
My first degree is in Creative Writing, and I have written a fair bit, mostly for LeedsBookClub and ForBooksSake. I’ve also had writing on The Guardian, CILIP and other book blogs.I am also a crafter, my main interest being in cross stitch and crochet. I was also on the organizing committee for the Leeds Big Bookend 2015 and Leeds LadyFest 2013. I am an avid watcher of Scandinavian Crime Dramas and drinker of Stout. Frustratingly, I do not own a cat.