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Janette Ayachi (1982 - ) is a London-born Edinburgh-based Scottish-Algerian poet who has been published in over eighty literary journals and anthologies from presses such as Polygon; Seren, and Salt's 'The Best British Poetry of 2015'. She collaborates with artists; engages in numerous projects, performances, exhibitions and events.  In 2016, after performing her poetry on BBC Radio Scotland she was invited to return as an Arts & Culture critic for The Afternoon Show; the following year she was commissioned to write a poem for a documentary Conversations on a Bench for BBC Radio 4, and in 2019 she appeared on BBC television in the art series Loop.  Her essays and poetry have been published internationally, with translations into Marathi, Greek, French, and soon Spanish. She is also the author of poetry pamphlets Pauses at Zebra Crossings and A Choir of Ghosts, a hardback children's chapter book The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola illustrated by Fabio Perla in Italy, and her first full poetry collection Hand Over Mouth Music (published by Pavilion: University of Liverpool Press) won The Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Literary Award 2019.


She is currently working on Lonerlust: A Poet’s Memoir a nonfiction narrative about desire and travelling alone searching connections between landscapes, culture, and human experience.

Photographer: Mattias Kremer
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