ABOUT JO tinsley


Jo Tinsley is the editor and founder of the award-winning Ernest Journal – an independent magazine for the curious and adventurous – co-author of Odditorium: The tricksters, eccentrics, deviants and inventors whose obsessions changed the world and The Mysterium: Unexplained and extraordinary stories for a post-Nessie generation, editor of Waterfront, and a freelance writer and festival curator.

Previously, she worked as features editor on Countryfile magazine, launched and edited Pretty Nostalgic and co-authored Wild Guide: Devon, Cornwall and South West. Back in Bristol, she also dabbled in pervasive gaming and projects that encouraged playfulness and helped relieve isolation in cities. Together with a collective called ‘theloveofit’, she hosted events such as Bristol’s Biggest Indoor Picnic, the UK’s first Cardboard Tube Fighting Championships, Guerrilla Galleries with the Bristol Festival of Photography, as well as designing and facilitating live-action games at festivals in the UK and abroad.

She has spoken about digital publishing for a Guardian Masterclass, delivered talks on independent publishing and curated spaces at Wilderness Festival, Green Man, Caught by the River Thames, Port Eliot Festival and Eroica Britannia. She has appeared on Radcliffe and Maconie on 6 Music and Danny Baker's show on BBC Radio 5

Jo is a sea swimmer, lido lover and walker, who feels most at home rambling over northern moorlands and exploring Britain’s peculiar corners. She lives in Brighton, UK. She also writes as Jo Keeling.