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Janette Ayachi

Janette Ayachi is a Scottish-Algerian poet living in Edinburgh. She has been published in over seventy literary journals and anthologies, including New Writing Scotland: Gutter, The Istanbul Review, Magma, Oxford Poetry, Be the First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014), Out There: Anthology of LGBT Writers (Freight, Glasgow, 2014) and The Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt). She has been short-listed for Write Queer London as well as a Lancelot Andrewes Award judged by Carol Ann Duffy. She is the winner of the Barbara Burford prize from The Young Enigma Awards 2014. Her film-poem collaboration On Meeting a Fox was part of the official selection for the Visible Verse Festival in Vancouver in 2013.  She was Digital Poet in Residence with The Poetry School CAMPUS, London 2015.

Janette Ayachi is the author of the poetry pamphlets Pauses at Zebra Crossings (Original Plus Press, 2012) and A Choir of Ghosts (Calder Wood Press, 2013) and a children's chapter book The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola (Black Wolf Edition & Publishing, 2016). She edits the online arts journal The Undertow Review and performs her poetry across the U.K at events and festivals. 

Her next poetry collection Hand Over Mouth Music will be published in 2019 by Pavilion Press, University of Liverpool.  She is currently working on her memoir Misdialing the Muses.





Reading on The BBC Radio Scotland live and chatting to Janice Forsyth on The Culture Show July 2016:


Interview with The Poetry School, London-  August 2015: 


Author Page at The Scottish Poetry Library: 


For Books' Sake Article '10 Reasons To Love Janette Ayachi' May 2014: 


Video Interview with Neu! Reekie! filmed by Summerhall TV January 2014


More audio recordings and podcasts: 



Poetry Collections Available to purchase: 


"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, Seren Press Editor.


"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, Poet and Magma Book Review Editor.


Pauses At Zebra Crossings (Original Plus press) Price: £3.00:



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(Cover Designed by Artist Jessica Kirkpatrick


"Both imaginative and unusually rich in imagery, Janette Ayachi's full-bodied poems show clear promise" Moniza Alvi, Poet and Poetry School Tutor.


"These poems don?t flinch from desire and need, they reach out and grasp their world in all its damaged glory. Janette Ayachi creates a rich atmosphere, sensual and heightened, almost turn-of-the-century in its opulence as she crosses time and space from Venice to Dieppe, Vermeer to Ward Eight in poems of grief and remembrance. ?I dress for the night, she is hungry for me? [?Room in Glasgow?]: the night is part spirit world in which ?fog rises like cigar smoke? [?Seascape?], and in part where mysteries emerge as if darkness paradoxically exposes the hidden elements of life to new scrutiny." Pippa Little, Poet and Reviewer.


A Choir of Ghosts (Calder Wood Press)  Price: £4.50


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(Cover Designed by Artist Bridget Anne McNeill


The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola (Black Wolf Edition, 2016) £13.99 Illustrated by Faber Castell artist Fabio Perla.  







February 2017:


Wednesday 8th: Article commissioned by The Scottish Book Trust which I titled A.M Muses: Finding Time to Write as a Single Mother -


Tuesday 14th:  Live in the BBC Radio Edinburgh studio doing the Cultural Reviews with Edi Stark, Jonathan Whitelaw and Bram E. Gieben 3.20-4.00pm:


January 2017:

Edinburgh's Hogmanay:  Sorley:Land @ The Roxy.


December 2016:

21st: Headlining Glasgow's 'Sonnet Youth' - Drygate Brewery, Glasgow - 8pm start.

My children's chapter book for 9-12 year olds The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola will be published this month by Black Wolf Edition Press. 


November 2016:

Friday 25th: Reading for Book Week Scotland: Women & Words alongside Kirsty Logan - more details to follow...


October 2016: 

Friday 14th: Reading at The Forest Cafe, 'Forest Goddesses Make Noise With Their Mouths At You', 7pm start.


September 2016:

My poem Plasticine Love Hearts has been selected for an anthology on Writing Motherhood edited by Carolyn Jess-Cooke, and will be published by Seren Press in 2017.


Tuesday 20th: special guest reader at Sketchy Beats Cafe, 8pm start.


Thursday 22nd: Performing at The Mousetrap for Girrrl Crush 2 along side Lou McLean and The Honey Trap plus D.J's. 8pm start.


Friday 23rd: Reading at The Serenity Cafe 7pm-10pm LGBT Bi Awareness Day Day Event.


Wednesday 28th: Reading at The Old Town Bookshop, Victoria Street, for 'Underground City' hosted by MacGillivray 7pm start.


August 2016: 

Commissioned poem Sauchiehall Street for SCOTIA EXTREMIS now online.


Saturday 6th: 'Moonshine Wars' reading at OtherWorldly Bookshop, Dalry Road, for ESBAT Collective Art Launch: 7pm - 9pm. 


Thursday 18th: Reading at The Edinburgh International Book Festival for book launch 'Going Fur Gold: Neu Reekie Anthology' (Polygon) - 7.30pm Garden Theatre.


Saturday 27th: Reading at The Safari Lounge for Second Space, hosted by Nick-E Melville.


July 2016:

Monday 11th - reading live on The BBC Radio Scotland, talking to Janice Forsyth on The Culture Show- 2.00pm. 


June 2016:

Reading at 'Foxes Glasgow' anthology launch, 5 University Gardens, Edwin Morgan Room 5.30pm.  


May 2016:

Wednesday 4th - 7pm start reading for TenRed in Leith.


Poem Love Triangle: Part One published in 'Artificial Womb' magazine, Dundee.


Friday 27th - 5pm-6pm reading for Coastword Festival, Dunbar: 

Tickets and Festival programme


April 2016:

StAnza poem now online at The Fife Contemporary Art and Craft website:

Nothing Discrete About You after Anais Poulard's statement ring jewellry, picture included in the link. 


Dundee University reviewed my collection 'A Choir of Ghosts'-  A Great Review 


Poem Song published in 'Neu Reekie: Going Fur Gold' anthology, Polygon Press. 


 March 2016:

4th- 12.30pm start at The Town Hall, St Andrews for StAnza International Poetry Festival. I will take part in a series of poetry readings in response to a gifted piece art or craft work that I was commissioned to respond to.


18th- 7pm start. Performing at The Glasgow School of Art for Neu Reekie during Glasgow Film Festival- Film Screening from Anywhere But The Cities Tour.

  5 Things to see at Glasgow Film Festival


February 2016: 

22nd- 6pm-8pm, The Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh.  My FilmPoem 'On Meeting a Fox' will be screened as part of The Gather Film Festival 2016.


January 2016: 

15th- 11pm start at Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow. I am performing at a club night tonight: dark, surrealist, trippy live sets over ambient music. 


December 2015:

Reading at The National Library of Scotland for it's annual Small Press Fair, 2nd December between 6pm-8pm.


November 2015:

18th- 7pm Reading at The Constitution Bar, Leith, for CultFusion with Angela McSeveney and Angus Reid. 


October 2015:

16th- The Mash House, Guthrie St, Edinburgh 7pm start - celebrating The 10th Anniversary of The Skinny, I'm performing with Lach, Michael Pederson and Iona Lee.


9th-  10REd Reading, St. Margaret's House, 7pm- Edinburgh.


September 2015: 

Working on Residency titled 'The Poet's Ego: Writers Who Love Writers'- you can follow the blog here:


August 2015:

I am the new Digital Poet in Residence at The Poetry School CAMPUS, London.


22nd- Reading and book signing at The Edinburgh International Book Festival: Babble On- Spoken Word- Voices in The Dark. (15 minutes completely from memory for the first time!)


July 2015: 

3rd - (7pm) Reading at The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh for the launch of Jee Leong Koh's launch of 'Steep Tea' (Carcanet) alongside Tessa Berring and Rob Mackenzie. 


5th -  Joining the Neu!Reekie! Tour 'Anywhere But The Cities' and reading at The Whisky Distillery in Aberfeldy alongside performances from Michael Pederson and Eugene Kelly (from The Vaselines).


June 2015:

My poem 'On Keeping a Wolf' (first published in Oxford Poetry) is being reprinted in The Best British Poetry Anthology 2015, Salt, London.


March 2015: 

7th- Performing at StAnza Poetry Festival, reading Rob A Mackenzie's poetic response to Steve Reich's 'Different Trains' as part of a duet with Andy Jackson. The Viridian Quartet will be playing the musical piece -  St Andrews, The Byre Theatre.


14th- Reading at The Regional Voice Dance Theatre, Birmingham, 7pm- with Seren Press poet Paul Henry and Birmingham poet Laureate Roy Macfarlane.


February 2015:  

12th- Reading and answering questions on a panel with Louise Welsh, Zoe Strachan and Roy Gill at Waterstones West End, Princes Street Edinburgh , 7pm, from Out There: An Anthology of LGBT Writers.


18th- Reading at Common Weal Edinburgh North & Leith 


December 2014:

11th- Reading at The Lit and Phil, for Magma Launch, Newcastle.


November 2014:

1st- Reading at Salon Venn, Edinburgh.


October 2014:

Poem 'Dressing For The Night' published in Issue 60# of Magma Poetry London. 


September 2014:  

Recorded a podcast collaboration at the Scottish Poetry Library with Rob A. Mackenzie.

Photo shoot for The Herald on Sunday double-page and front cover spread for Be The First To Like This: Anthology of New Scottish Poets. 

20th- Reading at Tessa Berring and Paulina Sandbergs' Art Exhibition 'Mutated Stars' at The White Space Art Gallery.

25th- Reading at the Scottish Poetry Library for the Launch of Be The First To Like This Anthology. 

A series of poems have been selected for publication in Out There: Anthology of LGBT Writers, Freight Press, Glasgow.

Poem 'The Black Tapestry of Amy Winehouse'  published in Split Screen Anthology, Red Squirrel Press, Edinburgh- reading at the launch on the 28th at the Scottish Poetry Library.


August 2014:

Winner of The Barbara Burford Prize from The Young Enigma Awards 2014. 

Poem 'On Meeting A Wolf' published in the summer issue of Oxford Poetry Magazine.

Poems 'Allegory of Melancholy', 'Poison and Paralysis', 'Los(t) Angeles', 'Il Piccolo Paradiso' and 'Hessian Lungs'  published in Ars Medica: A journal of Medicine, Arts and Humanities based in Vancover.

Poem 'Absinthe' accepted for The Wait Anthology, Glasgow for Cancer Research. 


July 2014:

Longlisted then Shortlisted for The Barbara Burford Prize from The Young Enigma Awards 2014. 

Reading at Summerhall, Edinburgh for the Auld Enemies Event, poetry collaboration with Rob A Mackenzie 'Everything Is Diminished Without You In It'. 

Poem 'Faun' published in Gutter Issue #11.

Poetry accepted for SPOKE: New Queer Voices Anthology, Manchester. 


June 2014:  

Reading at Govan Hill Community Baths, Glasgow.

Short fiction piece 'Facing Window' published in Up, Do: An Anthology of Women Writers, Spider Road Press, Texas.


May 2014:

'Plasticine Love Hearts' is accepted by Carolyn-Jess-Cooke for an upcoming Motherhood Anthology and for the Myslexia Magazine Blog site.

Reading at Henry's Late Night Cabaret, as the 'spoken word sorceress' in Edinburgh.

Reading at The Sutton Art Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh. 


April 2014:

Reading at Henry's Burlesque Night, Edinburgh.


March 2014:

Reading at Accelerator, Edinburgh and Glasgow Performance Poetry Night, The Canon's Gait, Edinburgh.

My poem 'Sundays' is published in the Irish Literary Review: 


Feburary 2014:

 Reading at Blind Poetics as Feature Poet, the Blind Poet, Edinburgh..

Filmpoem 'On Meeting a Fox' published in The Baltimore Review.

LGBT Month Reading at The Virginia Gallery, Glasgow. 


January 2014: 

'On Meeting a Fox' filmpoem is accepted for the Baltimore Review.

I am Stirling Councils' Poet of the Month with a poem 'Hounslow Town' on their website: 


December 2013:

Opening of 'The Written Image' exhibition, a project between poets and printmakers via the Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh Printmakers.

Reading at 'The Spoken Image', InSpace Gallery.

Reading at 'Accelerator' in 'The Canon's Gait', Edinburgh. 


November 2013:

An American anthology on Women's Short Fiction is publishing my piece 'Facing Window'.

TenRed Reading, Leith.


September 2013: 

Reading and introducing 'A Choir of Ghosts' on Friday 27th at Neu!Reekie! 39- Summerhall, Edinburgh. 

Reading Tuesday 24th at 'Talking Heids' in Sofi's Bar, Leith. 

'On Meeting a Fox' filmpoem is an official selection of  the 2013 Visible Verse Festival in Vancouver, Canada. 


August 2013: 

My comissioned poem 'The Black Tapestry of Amy Winehouse' for the Split Screen Anthology (Red Squirrel Press) reached the shortlist and recieved 3rd prize for the StAnza Digital Slam this year:  

My filmpoem collaboration 'On Meeting a Fox' was screened at the inaugural Filmpoem Festival in Dunbar, Scotland.

My poem 'Beneath the Bracken' was selected to be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers London, in their upcoming anthology about Death and Dying Matters.

Reading with Matt MacDonald and Rachel Amey at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Launching 'A Choir Of Ghosts' and book signing at Word Power Books, Edinburgh, 21st at


July 2013:

Reading with poets Rob A MacKenzie, Andrew Philip and Vahni Capildeo in Edinburgh, yellow Bench.


June 2013: 

Film poem collaboration 'On Meeting a Fox' with Iwona Jankowska.

I've been selected by the Scottish Poetry Library to take part in a poets and printmakers project titled 'The Written Image': I have been twinned with Edinburgh artist Catherine Sargent to collaborate  on a piece for the exhibition.  


March 2013: 

Abachan at Summerhall, Edinburgh: Filmpoem 'Mothlight' Reading with live improvisation soundtrack Sink- Super8 Film and Spoken Word.


February 2013: 

Birth poem published in Literary Mama Journal, California. 


Poem published on the Women's Press California Blog.


January 2013: 

Poetry and Photography collaboration.  


December 2012:

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:


November 2012:

Shortlisted for the Lancelot Andrewes Award 2012, judged by Carol Ann Duffy.


October 2012:

10Red Reading at The Scottish Poetry LIbrary: Thursday 11th.


September 2012:

Three poems up online at Danse Macabre (Las Vegas)



July 2012:

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. 


June 2012:

Prose published in ken*again (New York):

Poetry published in ken*again (New York):

Poetry in Friction Magazine (Newcastle University)


Poetry published here in The Cadavarine:

Travelogue Searching the Sun in San Francisco now published online.


May 2012:

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.


March 2012:

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.


November 2011:  

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. 




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