Jemma Hathaway

Jemma Hathaway is a Founding Member of the Sword Forge Collective 2022 – 2023.


Jemma’s poems have been featured on BBC Radio Bristol, she was a finalist in the Bristol Lyra Poetry Festival Slam 2020, runner up in the Oooh Beehive UK Online Slam Championship 2020 and was the 2020 Hammer & Tongue slam champion for Bristol. Jemma likes to write about identity, family, love, light, stuff and things.


  • ‘January’ debut collection. [ buy it here ]
  • Hammer & Tongue Bristol Slam Champion 2020.
  • Bristol Lyra Poetry Festival Slam 2020 Finalist.
  • Performed on the Sky Arts TV show Life and Rhymes.
  • Runner up in the Oooh Beehive UK Online Slam Championship 2020.
  • Performed on BBC Radio Bristol via BBC Upload [ watch it here ]
  • Invited poet in The CandleLit Sessions 2021.
  • Featured on Brum Radio Poets [ listen here ].
  • Longlisted for Best Collaborative Work (for their participation in The CandleLit Sessions) in theĀ Saboteur Awards 2022.



Jemma can effortlessly make the political personal. They have a huge scope for making big issues into relatable bitesize pieces. A passionate and powerful performer who grabs every room they perform in.

KATHRYN O’DRISCOLL, uk slam champion 2021