• Bailey, J. & England, D. (2014) Lancashire Folk Tales. Stroud: The History Press.

PhD Thesis

  • Bailey, J. (2018) For Rochdale: Reading, Mapping, and Writing Place in the Era of the Northern Powerhouse. Ph.D. Manchester Metropolitan University. [Online]

Journals & Magazines

Conference & symposia papers

  • ‘An artery to a heart: mapping the Rochdale Canal’, Dreaming Valleys Conference, Hebden Bridge, 16th March 2020 (delivered virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic)
  • ‘John Ruskin, Ecology, and Folklore’, Arnside Lecture Group, 28th November 2019.
  • ‘Writing the Riverine: watery collaborations and creative writing’, Biennial Conference, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Plymouth University, 4 – 6th September 2019
  • ‘(Re)making Rochdale: exploring heritage and regeneration stories of place’, The City: Myth and Materiality Symposium, Institute of Historical Research, 29th June 2018
  • ‘Polyphonic Place: Putting Sound into Words’ and panel ‘Writing to Sustain All Life’, National Association of Writers in Education, 10-12th November 2017
  • ‘‘Writing Home’: Place & Council Estates in Rochdale, Greater Manchester’, Place Writing Festival, Manchester Metropolitan University, 21st May 2017
  • Does Everywhere Have Stories? Researching the literary geographies of Rochdale, Greater Manchester’ (poster) International Association of Landscape Ecology, University of Reading, 7-9th September 2016Everyday Magic and Mythical Maps, creative-critical workshop for the annual NAWE Conference, 12th November, 2016
  • ‘Maps: Making Meaning or Making Myth. Exploring Rochdale Cartographies’ outreach session sharing PhD research for Castleton Literary & Scientific Society, 21st October 2016.
  • ‘Does Everywhere Have Stories? Researching the literary geographies of Rochdale, Greater Manchester’, poster presentation at the ialeUK conference, 7 - 9th September 2016.
  • ‘Poetics of PlacePlace Poetics’, creative-critical workshop at AHRC Common Ground, University of York, 21st June 2016.
  • Poster presentation: Does Everywhere Have Stories? Researching the literary geographies of Rochdale, Greater Manchester to be presented at the Arts & Humanities Postgraduate Conference (AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership’s annual conference), Keele University, 12 - 13th October 2015.
  • A Rochdale Gothic: re-imagining the Gothic in a post-industrial borough creative/critical paper presented at Re-imagining the Gothic Symposium, University of Sheffield, 9th May 2015.
  • Putting literature in place and place into literature: the literary geographies of Rochdale paper presented at PGR Humanities Symposium, Keele University, 9th June 2015.
  • “Underground Manchester”: poo, punk, Peterloo, and poetry in a city of palimpsests ;presented at the ASLE 11th Biennial Conference in Moscow, Idaho, 23rd - 27th June 2015. Generously supported by Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire.
  • Inside and outside place: representations of race in the literature of Rochdale presented at “Contested SpacesShared Places.” Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire, 9th July 2015.


  • ‘Protactinium’ in My Dear Watson - the Very Elements of Poetry anthology edited by Rebecca Irvine, being published autumn 2015
  • ‘Matilda’ in Stirred Poetry: Eugenia Loli ekphrastic poem
  • ‘Polar Bear Hunting’ and ‘The Owl and The Raven: An Inuit Legend’ in Loose Muse Spring 2014 Anthology
  • ‘When the piece is over please don”t forget to applaud’ on Royal Philharmonic Society Website’s Notes Into Letters project (2013)
  • ‘How to say I love you in an age of technological indifference’ and ‘Olympian’ in blankpages 46, (Blank Media Collective, 2012)
  • ‘Snowflakes’ on the 2011 Poetry Advent Calendar
  • ‘Epitaph’ a sequence poem in Electric Sky Anthology (Bad Language Manchester, 2011),
  • ‘Leaves’ and ‘Closure’ in Best of Manchester Poets volumes 1 and 3 (Puppywolf, 2010 & 2013),
  • ‘Dancing on Ice’ Hammer & Tongue Climate Change CD Recording (Hammer & Tongue, 2008)
  • ‘Green to Gold’ in The Nail Poetry Magazine (Oxford-based zine published by Dave Todd, 2005)

Short stories

  • ‘The Beast’ in Monsters edited by Sarah Grace Logan, 2013.
  • ‘Veins that carried blood and water’, first prize for Manchester Climate Monthly short story competition, 2013.


Other writing

I have contributed book reviews to Starburst Science Fiction Magazine. I have also written for various publications including: Ethical Consumer (Climate Change page), Wild Times - the RSPB Children”s Magazine (“Springtime Singtime”), D+C Journal (“Vague, Voluntary and Unenforceable: The Global Compact”), and Corporate Watch (various pieces around corporate power, public services privatisation, and gold mining). I have also written song lyrics for Vanessa Lewis, a singer-songwriter based in Bath, UK.