Jo-CannonJo Cannon

I was born and grew up in Dagenham, Essex; the child of librarians. I decided to be a doctor at the age of twelve. After qualifying from Southampton MedicalSchool in 1984, I completed G.P.vocational training in St Charles and St Mary’s Hospitals, London.  With VSO, I worked as District Health Officer in Mchinji, Malawi. I have been a GP for twenty years: in Derbyshire and Tasmania, and now as senior partner in aninner city practice in Sheffield. My professional interests are psychiatry and diabetes.

I am married with two teenage sons.

Titles: Insignificant Gestures (Pewter Rose) See below for short stories published

Insignificant Gestures

cannon-insignificantgesturesresizedjpegA refugee finds his face has disappeared from the mirror. Lost on a mountain, a fell runner puts her brain into reverse. A traumatised woman realises she can slip in and out of the minds of passers by. In a city where nothing is as it should be, a lone nurse plays peek-a-boo with an abandoned baby.

Twenty five stories about exile and belonging. This first collection by award winning writer Jo Cannon explores what it means to be an outsider. Sometimes surreal, always perceptive, these stories celebrate the unexpected interactions that alter lives.


  • Fairy Story The Reader 2008
  • Rictus The Reader 2007
  • Nasma’s Malady The Reader 2011 (pending)
  • Body Pump The Yellow Room 2009
  • Needle-stick baby Brand magazine. 2008
  • Staying Power Cadenza 2008
  • Daddy’s Girl Cadenza 2006
  • A Good Match The New Writer 2008
  • One Hundred Days Myslexia 2007
  • Skyline Flat Libbon 2006
  • Frozen Lake Libbon 2007
  • The Cut Tears in the Fence 2005
  • Grace Tears in the Fence 2006
  • Mercy is Sick Today Pank 2009
  • Boy of Silver Right Hand Pointing 2010


  • Shutters ‘New Short Stories 4’ Willesdon Herald 2010
  • Love on the Rocks ‘Tales at Bedtime’ Route 2009
  • Insignificant Gestures ‘A Paper heart in Beating, a Paper Heart Sets Sail ‘ Fish International anthology 2007
  • Mercy is Sick Today Tales of the Decongested 2009
  • The Space Between and Jam ‘A Better Craftsman’ Leaf Books 2007
  • The Alphabet Diet ‘Survival Guides’ Earlyworks ‘2006
  • Stalker Cinnamon Press 2010
  • Lucky Stone Writers Inc. ‘Writers of the year’ 2005