Jeni Braund

About Jeni Braund

I am, in the widest sense, an autobiographical poet. I write about my own experiences, and have done since childhood. I grew up in the North Devon seaside village of Westward Ho! and never lost that soft Devon accent. I started nursing in a London hospital when I was 17, a career that spanned some 40 years in the NHS with a period in private work as our family grew up. 

Like all nurses I saw much of death and healing. It became a specialist subject following a course at St Christopher’s Hospice in Kent where I studied under Dame Cicely Saunders. It was here I found my professional teaching vocation leading to both clinical teaching and higher education; developing courses for professional nurses in Death Dying and Bereavement for adults, children and their families.

My personal quest for truth grew through the Anglican church into which I was confirmed at 19. Years later it was to delve deeply into the mystical approach of the major religions when I studied Psychology and Comparative Religion with the Open University.

Heartlands is the sum of a lifetime writing poetry.

Endorsed by poet and former Archbishop Rowan Williams. All proceeds to Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity.
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Heartlands: the poetry of Jeni Braund

A wonderful collection of poetry covering the arc of a lifetime's experiences of childhood, family, love and death from writer, poet, former nurse and bereavement counsellor Jeni Braund. Contains an introduction by Henny Braund, Jeni's daughter in-law and chief executive of the Anthony Nolan Charity.

Proceeds from the sale of each book will go to the charity in the hope that many more families will be spared the pain of losing a loved one.

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