This book plays with love and longing; showing us what fire can destroy, and what fire can illuminate, as love, like fire, is an energy that can never really be extinguished only transformed allowing our hearts to ignite on repeat with more chances to burn wherever we chose to land.
Janette Ayachi is a London-born Edinburgh-based Scottish-Algerian poet with a BA in Combined Honours in English Literature and Film & Media from Stirling University, and an MSc in Creative Writing: Poetry from Edinburgh University.
Poetry Book of the Year Award
Winner of the 2019 Poetry Book of the Year Award for first collection ‘Hand Over Mouth Music’.
Lottery Open Fund Award
Funding granted for travel to the 33rd International Poetry Festival of Medellin, Colombia 2023
Gavin Wallace Fellowship 2022
Longlisted for the Gavin Wallace Fellowship 2022 in support of writers allowing them to create work.
Best Scottish Poems 2019
Poem ‘New Mother’ was selected for the best Scottish poems 2019 edited by Roseanne Watt
Inauguration ceremony of the biggest poetry festival in the world, July 2023. Janette performs alongside one of her poetry idols, Carolyn Forché joined by four other top poets from around the globe.
Hidden Door Festival Promo
Cheltenham Literature Festival
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