Carolyn Jess-Cooke is an award-winning poet and novelist published in 23 languages. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow and founder and Director of the Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival. Born in Belfast in 1978, she has published a number of academic books on film, and her sixth novel and third poetry collection are published in October 2021. Two of her books are currently optioned for film.