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Jess Kidd

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Jess completed her first degree in Literature with The Open University, and has since taught creative writing and gained a PhD in Creative Writing Studies. She has also worked as a support worker specialising in acquired brain injury.

Jess was brought up in London as part of a large family from Mayo, and plans to settle somewhere along the west coast of Ireland in the next few years. Until then, she lives in London with her daughter.

Jess is now completing her second novel, starting her third, and working on her first collection of short stories – many of which are either set in Ireland or have Irish protagonists. HIMSELF is Jess’s first novel, and will be published by Canongate in late October 2016.

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I was brought up in a Catholic family and as a small child I had a strong faith. I think people should find…more
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I was brought up in a Catholic family and as a small child I had a strong faith. I think people should find their own path in terms of religion so I wouldn't be great at convincing people to have the same beliefs as me.

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Jess appeared on the Robert Elms show today to discuss hoarding and her characters Maud and Mr Flood from The Hoarder. Jump to 1hr 8min: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p062...

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“Memory is like a wayward dog. Sometimes it drops the ball and sometimes it brings it, and sometimes it doesn’t bring a ball at all; it brings a shoe.”
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“Words are capable of flying. They dart through windows, over fences, between bar stools and across courtyards. They travel rapidly from mouth to ear, from ear to mouth. And as they go, they pick up speed and weight and substance and gravity. Until they land with a scud, take seed and grow as fast as the unruliest of beanstalks.”
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“An interview with Quinn is like fighting a yellow snake in a sandpit.’ Desmond”
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