Jo Gatford wants to live on your bookshelf.

Her debut novel, White Lies, won the 2013 Luke Bitmead Bursary and was published by Legend Press in July 2014.

You can find her short stories and flash fiction in Litro, Open Pen, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Jo is also co-founder of Writers' HQ, a productivity-smashing writing school offering online courses, workshops, and local retreats in Brighton and Worthing. She's also an editor, copywriter, and faffs around on social media in the name of 'marketing'. 

She lives in Brighton where writes for her supper, reads for her insomnia, and wrangles two ridiculous children.

If you have nice things to say, get in touch with Jo via email, Facebook or Twitter.


"We’re similar, he and I, for the first time – all the symptoms of grief with none of the emotion. It’s not that it doesn’t hurt; I just haven’t worked out how to mourn someone I hated."

"White Lies is both an unflinching depiction of dementia, old age and family relationships, and an interesting exploration of the wealth of secrets that relatives keep from each other." - Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing

"White Lies handles themes of dementia, coping with illness and family secrets in a beautifully sensitive and powerful way." - Tom Chalmers, Legend Press