Jenny Hedley | Creative Writer | Digital Artist

Jenny Hedley’s writing appears in Overland Literary Journal, Archer Magazine, Admissions: Voices within Mental Health, Cordite Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, Mascara Literary Review, The Suburban Review, Verity La and SCUM Magazine and is forthcoming in Westerly Magazine, Verge and the "Digital Realism" issue of TEXT.

She recently drafted an experimental anti-genre memoir My Body Remembers, where she uses a temporal spotlight to revisit key moments from her past, approaching sites of trauma through abecedarian, archive, essay, hermit crab, choose-your-own-misadventure, list, found poetry and prose forms with a clarity and a candidness that resists victimhood. She confronts her demons with an acerbic literary arsenal, using humour, volatility and disruption as weapons. She is developing an autotheoretical second memoir, My Archive Fever, which is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

A passion for coding digital literature and interactive (non)fiction led her to complete a course in JavaScript Development at General Assembly in 2022. Her interactive poetry exhibits a nineties internet aesthetic. She's the proud mother of two Twitter bots: her first Mother Bot @AnneBotWallace tweets randomly generated poetry and @Archive Fever Bot replies to those tweets nonsensically.

Jenny lives on unceded Boon Wurrung land with her son. She acknowledges the traditional owners of this land, the Yalukit Willam people, and pays her respect to their ancestors past and present. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

Contact: jennyisanauthor [at] gmail [dot] com.

Awards

2022 — Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards – Runner-up, narrative nonfiction – "My Body Under Capitalism"

Judges report: Perspicacious, unnervingly honest and formidable in scope. The essay deliberately places its ideas and narrative in the context of academic literature, resulting in a powerful statement against the co-option of women’s bodies, the slippery (and easily sidestepped) boundaries of commodification and consent, and the latent power in owning one’s story.

2022 – Woollahra Digital Literary Awards – Shortlisted for Digital Innovation (winners to be announced 22/11)

2021 – RMIT University – Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence

Critical Writing

Digital Poems and Poetry

Creative Nonfiction and Essays