Jenna Bailey is a writer, award winning oral historian and documentary filmmaker.  She is the Director of Bailey and Soda Films, a documentary film production company.

Jenna is the author of the best-selling Can Any Mother Help Me? (Faber) which has been translated into Dutch and made into a theatrical production that toured the UK. She has written for The Scotsman, Cosmopolitan Magazine, You Magazine, The Book Magazine and BBC History Magazine and is currently finishing her next book about Ivy Benson’s All Girl Band.

In addition to her work in women’s history Jenna also writes on the subject of grief and loss, including her most recent essay published in A Grief Observed Readers’ Edition containing C.S. Lewis’ original text along with contributions by Hilary Mantel, Rowan Williams, Francis Spufford and other noted authors.

Jenna has worked on a number of award winning community oral history projects including her more recent project, the Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots’ Oral History Project entitled “Black Settlers and Their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies’, which won six prestigious historical and heritage awards including the 2018 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming.  

Jenna is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Lethbridge and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Oral History and Tradition (COHT) at the University of Lethbridge, Canada.    Jenna’s PhD in Contemporary History and her Master’s degree in Life History Research and Mass Observation are from the University of Sussex and her BAH in History is from Queen’s University, Canada.


Jenna’s work is dedicated to her beautiful younger sister Emma who, with her brilliant sense of humour, hilarious laugh, and remarkable capacity for love, is missed more than words can express. Emma Leigh Bailey (May 30, 1983 – May 21, 2007)