Janette Ayachi was born in London in 1982 to an Algerian father and a Scottish mother. She moved to Scotland when she was 13 and has lived there ever since. She graduated from Stirling University with a BA in English Literature and Film/Media Studies in 2004, then from Edinburgh University with a Msc in Creative Writing: Poetry in 2006. She worked part-time at The National Gallery Scotland/Gallery of Modern Art for five years which inspired her to write her 'translations' of Artworks. This is not the only poetry she writes, but it has been the most successful. Her work is self-confessional and Baroque, but has a strong Gothic sensibility. It brims with a rich visceral imagination. She currently lives in Edinburgh.
Ekphrasis is the term used to denote the relationship between connecting Art forms, it is a method used to describe the essence and form of one medium with another. Poetry from Art can provide a verbal description of the piece; you can interpret, inhabit, confront or play around with the voices of the subjects. I prefer to use my own voice and use the Art piece to denote or register my feelings. A great painting allows you to get inside it, open up experiences that you can identify with, each poem from a painting explores exactly what the paint can induce. It is also interesting to depict what is beyond the frame, what can be interpreted from absence, what do the things we cannot see tell us.
The best thing that we can achieve is a rich awareness of the creative processes by which we seek to construct. I truly believe that the circulation of our intellectual artfulness will allow us as physical beings to be freer to circulate.
"A history of ‘charred loves’ evolves here in the nervy, attentive poems of Janette Ayachi. New York, LA, Barcelona, Las Vegas and Amsterdam are the haunted rooms that the poet explores. Their various cultures shape her forms and images, but it is the relationships that sustain interest, redolent with passion and its aftermaths." Amy Wack
"Glorious and derelict cityscapes become Janette Ayachi’s theatre for beginnings, endings and ‘hesitant slant expectancies’. Her poems dissect emotional attachment unsparingly close-up, and the best of them give words to feelings that didn’t quite have words before." Rob A. Mackenzie
"This is a collection from a poet with whom I am unfamiliar, but hope to become more familiar with on the strength of the poems here. My favourites in this collection are Run, with its vivid imagery of a person who "slipped into the room like a spilled glass of cognac" with a "celluloid smile slightly smudged like a blurred negative" and The Artist, which paints a picture so easily of "a pre-Raphaelite heroine drunk on sculpture" in Rome. All the poems have great imagery - even one dealing with unpleasant situations, such as Salamander Street, which portrays the seedy side of society with perfect clarity, a flawless word-picture, mesmeric despite its subject matter. Recommended." D J Tyrer The Supplement
Pauses At Zebra Crossings (Original Plus press) £3.00
A Choir of Ghosts (Calder Wood Press, May 2013)
Abachan at Summerhall, Edinburgh: Filmpoem 'Mothlight' Reading with live improvisation soundtrack Sink- Super8 Film and Spoken Word.
Birth poem published on Literary Mama Journal, California.
Poem published on the Women's Press California Blog.
Poetry and Photography collaboration.
Poetry published in aid of Writers For Libraries, Aberdeen.
Reading in Glasgow's Merchant City from New Voices Press Anthology, 6.00pm start.
Flash Fiction Competition: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/Flash_Fiction_entries/Image_1_entries.pdf
Shortlisted for the Lancelot Andrewes Award 2012, judged by Carol Ann Duffy.
TenRed Reading at The Scottish Poetry LIbrary: Thursday 11th.
Three poems up online at Danse Macabre (Las Vegas):http://www.dansemacabreonline.com/#!__dm-61-stonesthrow
Twenty Second Filmpoem commission:
Reading on Sunday 3rd July, (8pm onwards) 'Out:Spoken' a night of Queer Spoken Word in The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh. Tickets £5.
Prose published in ken*again (New York):http://kenagain.freeservers.com/PROSE.HTML#ayachi
Poetry published in ken*again (New York):http://kenagain.freeservers.com/POETRY.HTML#ayachi
Poetry in Friction Magazine (Newcastle University):http://www.frictionmagazine.co.uk/2012/06/10/time-lagged-in-california/
Poetry published here in The Cadavarine: http://www.thecadaverine.com/?p=5099
Travelogue Searching the Sun in San Francisco now published online.
Reading in Stirling 22nd at The Junk Rooms.
Reading in Glasgow on 5th at Luke and Jacks bookshop LGBT fundraising event..
Reading in Aberdeen on the 6th for the launch of POTB.
My six-line poem 'Pucara Bull' is displayed behind glass in the Museum of St. Andrews after winning a competition set for this years StAnza Poetry Festival.
February 2012: Shortlisted for Write Queer London
Reading slot for Red Squirrel Press fundraising event.
Alastair Cook has made a film in response to my poem Mothlight which was originally inspired by one of Stan Brakhage's films from the early sixties.