Joolz Denby has been a professional writer of poetry and fiction, spoken-word artist, illustrative artist and photographer for over twenty-nine years.
She is an award-winning, multi-nominated novelist; for her debut novel Stone Baby (HarperCollins) Joolz won the Crime Writer's Association New Crime Writer Of The Year and was shortlisted for the John Creasy Award. She was also awarded the audio book industry's prestigious 'Earphone Award' (USA) for her brilliant unabridged recording of Stone Baby. Her third novel, Billie Morgan (Serpent's Tail) was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize and also the Crime Writer's Association Dagger In The Library award.
Her latest album of spoken word set to music by Justin Sullivan, Spirit Stories, was released on October 20th 2008 in the UK & Germany. Her last novel Borrowed Light (Serpent's Tail) was released in February 2006 to enormous critical acclaim and her latest collection of poetry and short fiction Pray For Us Sinners (Comma Press), released in late 2005, is already in its second re-print. She has recently finished her new - as yet unpublished - novel, 'Wild Thing' (www.myspace.com/wildthingjoolzdenby) and has started working on another novel (working title) 'Midnight At The Rat N' Roses' and a new collection of poetry and short stories.
Joolz tours the world giving highly acclaimed dramatic readings of her work (both poetry and prose). She is noted for the emotive, musical quality of her voice and the skill with which she presents the characters she has written about. She won the prestigious US audio book industry Earphone Award for her unabridged recording of her novel 'Stone Baby' and is considered to be the UK's premier woman spoken-word artist ('the Queen Of British Spoken Word'). In Britain she reads throughout the year at venues ranging from The Royal Albert Hall and the House of Commons to rock music festivals (twenty-five years as a performer at Glastonbury) arts centres, Universities, rock clubs and coffee houses. She is highly respected for her work with prison inmates and young people.
Joolz is an expert in the field of commissioned public poetry, having written poetry for Yorkshire Forward, The Royal Armouries, Alchemy Asian Arts, Yorkshire Museums Service, Bradford Capital Of Culture Bid and The Captain Cook Museum amongst others.
Joolz is an extremely experienced and valued broadcaster, having worked regularly for radio of all kinds such as BBC Radio Four (including many broadcasts for Woman's Hour) and BBC Radio One. She has also appeared regularly on television in programmes such as 'Later With Jools Holland - Live' (BBC2).
Joolz has an international reputation for excellence in all her creative fields. She has also worked within the music industry in the fields of management & visual design for over twenty-eight years, for the legendary underground cult band New Model Army and latterly for upcoming young Northern rock band New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack.
Joolz is also an internationally recognised illustrative artist, receiving a Gold Record from EMI Records for her legendary album cover 'Thunder & Consolation' (New Model Army). The Arts Council sponsored exhibition of her artwork for New Model Army 'One Family - One Tribe; The Art & Artefacts Of New Model Army' saw 10,000 visitors to Bradford's Cartwright Hall Gallery (who now curates the exhibition) and over 6,000 during its visit to Hamm, Germany. The Exhibition/Installation of her photographs of Bradford; 'Bradford - True North' saw a ten-fold rise in visitors to Bradford University Gallery 2 and the richly-coloured and beautiful photographs have been purchased by the University for permanent display in the new Atrium. Joolz is currently curating an exhibition for Cartwright Hall and the arts Council on the theme of elective Body Modification, 'The Body Carnival'. Joolz is also a fully-qualified working tattoo artist.
Joolz was Artistic Director of the nationally acclaimed 'Radical Brontës strand of the 2006 Illuminate Festival and designated a Cultural Revolutionary; banners and posters bearing her image were displayed in cities and railway stations all over the North of England alongside such Northern cultural icons as Frederick Delius and Charlotte Bronte. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Bradford University in 2007 for her outstanding contributions to writing, the visual Arts and her ambassadorial role in promoting her beloved home city of Bradford.