Jennie Osborne

Jennie OsborneJennie’s work has been widely published in national magazines, and she is well-known as a poetry performer, particularly in the South West. How to be Naked is her first collection.

Sample poem: After

Oversteps publications

How to be Naked (2010)

“Her voice is lyrical and poised, and her ear is tuned to the musicality of language. A lovely collection.” Penelope Shuttle

“A highly original voice is at work here, with nuance, depth and music that ignites the imagination with a range of amazing imagery and often great tenderness, beautifully composed. There is so much to excite and move the reader.” Julie-ann Rowell

Extract from “Sighting”

You may mistake it for a low-lurking sun, scarfed in haze
as it hangs, pulsing amber, above the rockline.
Watch as it sweeps its wings back
like an arrowhead at rest,
catches a current, somersaults
on the edge of belief.

Recent news

  • Simon Williams and Susan Taylor are launching a new poetry publication next month, called ‘Broadsheet’. The first issue will include poets reading at the Exeter Poetry Festival and poets from Devon and Cornwall. The Oversteps poets represented in this first issue are: Jennie Osborne, Rebecca Gethin and Alwyn Marriage.



  • Three Oversteps poets, Becky Gethin, Jennie Osborne and Alwyn Marriage, will be reading at the Exmouth Festival this coming Wednesday, June 1st at 7.00pm. Come along to Exmouth Best Books any time after 6.00pm for coffee, cakes and poetry.