January 7, 2021

Janette Ayachi

Janette Ayachi is a London-born Edinburgh-based Scottish-Algerian poet. She has been published in over eighty literary journals and anthologies from presses such as Polygon; Seren, Jessica Kingsley London and Salt's 'The Best British Poetry of 2015'. 

She collaborates with artists; engages in numerous projects, performances, readings and exhibitions. Her filmpoems have been selected for screening at festivals and she was the founder and editor of online magazine The Undertow Review bringing art and poetry into a multidisciplinary forum.

​Her essays and poetry have been published internationally, translated into Greek, French and Spanish. She has been Digital Poet in Residence and Sessional Tutor for The Poetry School London, and Visiting Poet on a Teaching Residency for the students of Arcadia University, Philadelphia.

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

Image credit Matthias Kremer

December 14, 2020

Harry Josephine Giles

Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Leith. Their collection Tonguit (2015) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and The Games (2018) for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and Saltire Prize for Best Collection. They have a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling.  Their theatre has toured globally, including to Forest Fringe (UK), NTI (Latvia), Verb Festival (Aotearoa) and Teszt (Romania). Their performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian's best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup – in the “But Is It Art?” category. www.harryjosephine.com

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