Janette Ayachi (1982- ) is a Scottish-Algerian poet who has been published in over seventy literary journals and anthologies from presses such as Polygon; Seren, and Salt's 'The Best British Poetry of 2015'. She collaborates with artists and she was Digital Poet in Residence with The Poetry School CAMPUS, London 2015. After performing her poem about 'Amy Winehouse' on BBC Radio Scotland she later returned as an arts&culture critic for awhile on the Janice Forsyth Culture Show. In 2017 she was commissioned to write a poem for a BBC Radio 4 documentary programme 'Conversations on a Bench’. She has read across the U.K at various events and festivals.
She graduated with a combined honours degree in English Literature and Film from Stirling University, and with a Masters in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University. She is the author of poetry pamphlets Pauses at Zebra Crossings (2012) and A Choir of Ghosts (2013) and a children's chapter book The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola (2016) illustrated by Fabio Perla. She was the founder and editor of the online arts&literature journal The Undertow Review.
Janette Ayachi is currently working on Misdialing The Muses: A Poet's Memoir and her first full poetry collection Hand Over Mouth Music which will be published by Pavilion (University of Liverpool press) in 2019.
Photographer: Mattias Kremer
Auld Enemies poetry: Edinburgh - Janette Ayachi & Rob McKenzie