Voices of the First World War
Jenny Hill’s parents were both artists and she grew up in the heady, creative cultural atmosphere of St Ives, Cornwall. Trained as a singer, she specialises in early music and unaccompanied folk, having taught all age groups and conducted choirs. She is an accomplished painter and book illustrator and has decorated harpsichords for Robert Goble & Son, Oxford.
From 2009 Jenny was the Parish Priest of West Buckrose, North Yorkshire (2009-2014) following 3 years as a curate in mid-Cornwall. Retiring from the Ministry in 2014, she has more time to devote to her writings, which draw upon her other talents. Once active in the Cornish poetry scene, performing her one-woman show at various venues including the St Ives September Festival, she won the 1st and Bert Thomas Memorial Trophies (2001, 2002) and the Jack Evans cup for verse (2002) at the Gorsedh Kernow, and was commissioned to write a poem to mark the 2001 Restoration of the Tregaminion Holy Well at Morvah, Cornwall.
Her books of poetry include “From Other Worlds”, illustrated by herself; The Courtyard at Feock Vicarage, a book plus recording of her poems, part of a multi-media project with artist Douglas Hill and Netherlands pianist and composer, Cees Hiep; and “Twelve Haikus” (2001) about St Ives, a limited edition with her own hand-coloured illustrations.
Jenny Hill was Poet in Residence for International Day of People with Disabilities at York Explore in 2016; she has work in anthologies, also journals Ink, Sweat and Tears, Orbis and Strix. She was winner of The Poetry Society Members’ Competition, Winter 2017.
Jenny enjoys gardening, walking and taking photographs. She has one son, Daniel, a computer programmer and bass player, and lives in Whitby, North Yorkshire with her husband, artist Douglas Hill.