Jo Brandon was born in Essex in 1986 and raised in rural Lincolnshire. Jo's debut collection, Phobia, was published by Valley Press in 2012. Between 2008 and 2011 Jo was an editor of the literary e-zine Cadaverine, and her work has featured in various publications including Poetry Review, Butchers Dog, Myths of the Near Future, Aesthetica, Dream Catcher and Cake. She graduated with a first class honours degree in Creative Writing from Bretton Hall, University of Leeds in 2007. Jo has been a writer-in-residence for the I Love West Leeds Festival and a BBC-funded young writer-in-residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, where her debut play Like a Heartbeat was showcased.