June 2018 - 3 short stories published in compendium "Tales from the Great North Wood",
October 2018 - publication of first collection of poems "Taking my Doggerel for a Walk"
Second volume "Doggerel Delights" published in May 2019 2019.
Third volume in preparation.
A great fun collection covering all kinds of topics!
by A currie
This slim volume packs a real punch. A collection of poems, some of which might be described as doggerel but by no means all, ranging from the funny, the mysterious to the sad. Each is thought provoking and their topics cover the whole spectrum of human emotion and life. A great little read - I hope Jenny Caro will be writing more.
This can't pretend to be impartial; anyone who knows Jenny will appreciate her gifts as both a great encourager and an incurable doggerel-lover. Here are some thoughtfully whimsical examples of a great little genre. Doggerel need not be hilarious; some of this is ('The training course' or 'This week's bargain offer'). But I also love more serious verses like 'Life's journey home' and 'The pillage of London' -- 'Is there a law against stealing the sky?' Even better than the printed page is to hear Jenny read and then collapse in the middle for her inimitable but infectious chortle.
by Christopher Idle
A well-crafted poem can speak of an experience of our world in a way that stays with us for a long time; This little book is full of such gems
The authors ability with words and language are what makes her poetry such a simple joy. Her range is huge, the subjects covered too numerous to list.
These poems encapsulate all of human life. Funny, thought-provoking, challenging, evocative, story-telling, satire and tribute. All are here.
Just a joy!!
by Stephen T
What is poetry? That is something that has been debated by fine literary minds for years. There seems to be no consensus on exactly how to define what a poem is. Perhaps the matter is best left to instinct and personal taste? Samuel Johnson is reported to have said that any attempt to try to define exactly what is and is not poetry is likely only to highlight the narrowness of the person who is attempting the definition.
There is, of course, no reason why verse that is simple in structure and in its aim cannot co-exist with more complex and/or serious forms of poetry. The author of this volume of light verse (or ‘doggerel’), Jenny Caro, points out in her introduction to it that such work has been a feature of English literature since the 1600s. ‘Taking My Doggerel for a Walk’ is a delightful collection of poetical bonbons that are, for the most part, witty, accessible and pleasant. Don’t expect deep thinking or emotional intensity. None will linger long in the memory. But they are likely to provide a few minutes of quiet, simple enjoyment before sleep or while waiting for a bus or train. And I don’t mean that as a criticism. There is most definitely a place for this sort of poetry in all our lives. Of the 30 or so poems collected here, I particularly liked ‘A Poetic Quandary’, which neatly encapsulates the gloom that emanates from bouts of ‘writer’s block’ and ‘The Training Course’, one of the longer verses in the book, which will resonate with anyone who, like me, has felt the urge to bunk off a boring residential training event. 7/10.
by Roger Pettit
Jenny Caro has done it again! Such a broad variety of subjects from the absurd to the serious covered in such a readable manner. 'Doggerel' some of the contents might be but that connotation does this collection and its predecessor a dis-service. Jenny's observations on the everyday are particularly telling - she turns even the mundane experiences of us all into fun. Open any page at random and the reader is bound to find something to chuckle at or to think more deeply about. Something to share and enjoy.
AUTHOR - JENNY CARO
Jenny was born in Sussex but became a veteran Londoner for the rest of her life.
She has cherished all aspects of literature from a very young age - one of those "nose in a book" kids.
She has been a dedicated reader of a wide range of classic and modern fiction and of verse of all kinds- old and new, formal and informal, serious and funny.
She always has been Intrigued by the development over centuries of poetry spoken as well as written and of English language itself. It was as a teenager that she first found satisfaction and comfort in recording her own family and personal experiences in verse.
Her strong sense of humour and quirky take on all aspects of life permeate her poems, odes and doggerel. This reflects her own approaches on how to deal with the pain and pleasures of life. A great believer in creating humour and entertainment to counter the misery caused by "the slings and arrows" of life.
By 2017, her collection of writings had grown considerably and she decided to publish them in two volumes of which "Taking my Doggerel for a Walk" is the first.
The companion volume "Doggerel Delights" has been published in May 2019.